It’s a funny thing, living in a ‘holiday destination’. You spend most of the year with it largely to yourself, and then, come the school holidays, you find you have to share. And that’s just fine. Different, but fine.
My ‘Return to the Duver’ walk this month actually took place on the Sunday of the Bank Holiday weekend, which, bearing in mind the change in the weather since then, was probably just as well.
The photo above shows the Oenothera biennis still flowering, (albeit rather more sparsely) having started in May. And below, the chamomile is going from strength to strength, and much more prolific than last year. In looking for the Latin name on Wikipedia, I saw the following excerpt. It appears there are many ‘chamomiles’ and they’re not even in the same family.
The majority of the plants on the Duver are very low growing which I think is the Roman chamomile, Chamaemelum nobile, but there are the odd clumps (second photo) which are a lot taller, which I think could be the German chamomile, Matricaria chamomilla, but I’m not convinced and happy to be corrected!
- Matricaria chamomilla (also known as Matricaria recutita), German chamomile or wild chamomile, the most commonly-used species
- Chamaemelum nobile, Roman, English or garden chamomile, also frequently used
A number of other species’ common names include the word “chamomile”. This does not mean they are used in the same manner as the species used in the herbal tea known as “chamomile.” Plants including the common name “chamomile,” of the family Asteraceae, are:
- Anthemis arvensis, corn, scentless or field chamomile
- Anthemis cotula, stinking chamomile
- Cladanthus mixtus, Moroccan chamomile
- Cota tinctoria, dyer’s, golden, oxeye, or yellow chamomile
- Eriocephalus punctulatus, Cape chamomile
- Matricaria discoidea, wild chamomile or pineapple weed
- Tripleurospermum inodorum, wild, scentless or false chamomile”
Along the path by the inner harbour is a plant I hadn’t previously noticed. I think this must be Sea Aster (Aster tripolium). The colour in the photo is a little bleached compared to the original, but it wasn’t a very strong colour (definitely not like Aster x frikartii monch!) but still an attractive clump by the water’s edge.
Another blue is this little flower below. It’s only about a couple of inches tall and seems to grow within the grass sward. I wondered whether it might be a milkwort, but the colour seems a little pale. I’d appreciate any suggestions.
and plenty of blackberries and rose hips ripening. But I con’t bear to think about that yet, that seems far too like Autumn for my liking.
Let’s stick to summer as long as we can.
With many thanks, as ever, to Gail at Clay and Limestone for hosting Wildflower Wednesday.