Return to the Duver, Wildflower Wednesday – late August 2014

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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!

Wiki:  ”

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:

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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.

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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.

IMG_4576 (3)And as well as the flowers there was this lovely fern, IMG_4560

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.

IMG_4577 (2)With many thanks, as ever, to Gail at Clay and Limestone for hosting Wildflower Wednesday.

 

9 thoughts on “Return to the Duver, Wildflower Wednesday – late August 2014

  1. AnnetteM

    Interesting to hear about the different types of chamomile – I have some in the garden which I think is chamomile nobile. In fact I believe it is a dwarf, non-flowering cultivar called ‘Treneague’ which is best to grow for paths etc in the garden. Pretty fern too. Can’t help with any identification I’m afraid – not very good on wild flowers!

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  2. Julie

    Love your first photo, looks a wonderful view. Its hard to tell from your mystery photo, could that be Autumn Gentian. I would like to stick to Summer as long as we can too!

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  3. Tina

    You obviously live in a cool climate! Those of us perspiring through our August are so done with summer! Your photos are lovely–I especially like the photo of the little Sea Asters!

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  4. Chloris

    What a beautiful place. Thank you for an interesting post Jenny. Annette is right about the non- flowering chamomile nobile Treneague. It is lovely for lawns and smells divine. You have certainly done your homework on Chamomiles.

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  5. Wrenaissance Art

    I never realized that “chamomile” was yet another of those common flower names that covers a wide variety of species. Observing wildflowers definitely keeps you in tune with how rapidly the summer goes by!

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  6. Hannah

    You remind me that my Roman Camomile has disappeared. Sad. I do have the Pineapple Weed popping up, of course. A 7′ Oenothera popped up in one of my beds too. Your nature walk was fun.

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