Category Archives: Duver

Sparkling Sunday

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Last week’s Wordless Wednesday reminded me how few Duver posts I’ve posted recently, so today’s beautiful sunshine prompted me to bring the camera on my morning walk.  The photo above is the view easterly across the Duver towards the mouth of Bembridge Harbour.

Lower down the hill you can see south across to Bembridge and the Holy Trinity church spire.img_1941

Looking south westerly you can see the Yarborough Monument on Culver Down.img_1943

This is a similar shot to Wednesday’s, you can see the church spire againimg_1944

and turning right you can see the far western side of Bembridge Harbour.img_1946

This is a view looking south towards Bembridge and specifically the boatsheds of Bembridge Sailing Club.  This is an amazing sandy spit which in summer is covered in Evening Primroses.img_1953

Rounding the corner and looking out easterly to the Solent you can see St Helen’s Fort, one of the four Solent forts.  This one was built between 1867 and 1880.

Amazingly, at very low tides you can walk out to it. img_1957

Looking back south you can see Bembridge Lifeboat Station. img_1963

And just for those who’ve never met him, this is Nimbus, the one who ensures there’s always a walk.  And to be honest, it’s nearly always on the Duver.img_1952

Not very horticultural but very Duver!  I hope you all enjoyed a sparkling Sunday.

Return to the Duver, June 2016

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My last Duver post (apart from last Wednesday’s Digitalis) was last November and of course all is looking very different now.  I think the sea of Cow Parsley out froths Monty’s at Longmeadow, mentioned in Friday’s Gardeners World.IMG_0871

The Sea Thrift, Armeria Maritima, hasn’t been quite so good this year, and seems to sharing the space more than in previous years.IMG_0884IMG_0883IMG_0882

The foxgloves, however, are fabulous this year with multiple clumps to admire.IMG_0888

The Elderflowers are in their prime and I’ve already made a batch of Elderflower Cordial with blooms from this very tree.IMG_0890

The clump of Campions (Silene vulgaris) also seems to have spread this year,IMG_0891

but the stunners right now have to be the Evening Primrose, Oenothera biennis.IMG_0895IMG_0897

Excitingly (and rather unbelievably) there were also two new sightings for me today, firstly the Sea Kale (Crambe maritima), such a fabulous colour and textureIMG_0899

and this Convolvulus, I think C. arvensis, growing in the same sandy spit colonised by the Evening Primrose.IMG_0892

And to finish a few more thrift.  If you look carefully, that’s chez Duver Diary in the background.IMG_0901

Return to the Duver – November 2015

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I haven’t posted a Duver post since the end of May, but it’s still there, and as beautiful as ever.

This post is a combination of some photos I took on Saturday, and then these, more atmospheric ones taken this morning before work.  There aren’t any flowers, but hopefully you’ll forgive me.IMG_9601IMG_9610

I have managed to find a (very) few flowersstill clinging on – rather tatty Chamomile,IMG_9570

precociously early wild garlic, or Ransoms.IMG_9559

and a couple of escapees.IMG_9618

For mellow fruitfulness I can offer the last few blackberriesIMG_9595

some beautiful rose hipsIMG_9567

and a bevy of tiny little mushrooms, barely bigger than my thumbnail.

As for foliage, look at this, a beautifully frost dusted thistle.  And yet no frost in my garden, higher up and further from the sea.  Now how does that work? IMG_9617