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?