I’ve blogged numerous times about the St Helens Duver – the National Trust owned area of heathland opposite where we live – but not recently. (For a while I contributed regularly to a wildflower meme, and you can see the posts by selecting the ‘Wildflower Wednesday’ category).
Sunday’s sunshine, after Saturday’s grey, was such a treat I’m taking you on the usual circuit and sharing a few wild flowers along the way.
These hips are so fabulous I’d be tempted to pick a few, but they’re on a bramble clad bank between the path and the road and therefore completely inaccessible. I’ll just have to admire from a distance.
whilst looking the other way, I spied a number of glowing Iris foetidissima seed heads.
At the bottom of the path, looking back across Bembridge Harbour, you can see over to Brading Haven yacht club. There was plenty of activity there today, but rather them than me.
(I did actually sail a lot in my twenties, including racing back from Lisbon to Southampton, and from Aarhus in Denmark across the North Sea and round the top of Scotland to the Clyde. These days I’d generally rather be on dry land, but seeing the jolly sails on such a beautiful day did start to make me wonder….)
The grassland above is one of the sites of the fantastic drifts of sea thrift Armeria maritima during May, which I’ve blogged about here. There are still a few clinging on,
together with the odd chamomile – I think this is Chamaemelum nobile.
Rounding the corner and onto the beach I saw the dinghies has beaten me there!
And, while I’m diverging from the flowers, just thought I’d share a picture of Nimbus, in honour of his upcoming ninth birthday.
And finally, also nothing to do with flowers, anyone else devastated by tonight’s Strictly outcome?
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.
Looking south westerly you can see the Yarborough Monument on Culver Down.
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.
Not very horticultural but very Duver! I hope you all enjoyed a sparkling Sunday.
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.
The Sea Thrift, Armeria Maritima, hasn’t been quite so good this year, and seems to sharing the space more than in previous years.
The foxgloves, however, are fabulous this year with multiple clumps to admire.
The Elderflowers are in their prime and I’ve already made a batch of Elderflower Cordial with blooms from this very tree.
The clump of Campions (Silene vulgaris) also seems to have spread this year,
but the stunners right now have to be the Evening Primrose, Oenothera biennis.
Excitingly (and rather unbelievably) there were also two new sightings for me today, firstly the Sea Kale (Crambe maritima), such a fabulous colour and texture
and this Convolvulus, I think C. arvensis, growing in the same sandy spit colonised by the Evening Primrose.
And to finish a few more thrift. If you look carefully, that’s chez Duver Diary in the background.