I’m a day late joining the Wildflower Wednesday meme, but excited to report that it’s Sea Thrift (Armeria maritima) time again on the Duver.
In this photo, the thrift is joined in the foreground by Silverweed (Potentilla anserina). This has a pretty silvery leaf (clue’s in the name!) and spreads by runners. It seems to be increasing its hold on the Duver, with significant areas now covered in an argent carpet.
The small patch of Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris) is just coming into bloom. As I mentioned last year, according to Sarah Raven it’s ‘edible and said to taste like peas – the young shoots are good in a spring salad or as quickly wilted greens’ but I’ll continue to leave the wild campions alone and instead pick my peas at home!
And to finish, two photos of the field opposite the house.
The first was taken a couple of weeks ago, and I don’t remember ever seeing the cow parsley, Anthriscus sylvestris so tall, or the Alexanders, Smyrnium olusatrum providing quite such a lime green sea.
Yesterday, the scene was rather different as the fluffy white clouds have been strimmed away. Bizarrely it reminds me of a newly shorn dog, all exposed and uncomfortable. Doubtless it will all grow back and soften up once more.
With thanks as ever to Gail at Clay and Limestone for hosting the Wildflower Wednesday meme.