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Duver dreaming


Talk about ships that pass in the night – I returned from New York, only for the OH to turn around and head to Toronto!

Today finally saw us breakfasting and dog walking together for the first time in a fortnight – and to celebrate here he is, possibly showing his best side ūüėČ

As many of you know, this blog is named after the National Trust area of land opposite our house called St Helens Duver (pronounced ‘duvver’).¬† It’s the location for our daily walk with Nimbus, our labradoodle.IMG_4103

Slightly earlier in the year the duver is smothered in sea thrift Armeria maritima.¬†¬†(First blogged about here four years ago).¬†¬†It’s a little past its best now, but you get the idea.IMG_4100

Today, however, it felt like all the other wild flowers had joined the thrift, and appeared together – foxglovesIMG_4107

evening primrose, Oenothera biennis,IMG_4108

dog rosesIMG_4115

and sea holly Eryngium maritimum.IMG_4111

Allwere looking magnificent in today’s glorious sunshine.¬† What a perfect day!

Duver sunshine


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.¬†IMG_3686

Further down the path, looking right towards the Solent I just caught this yacht heading out,

whilst looking the other way, I spied a number of glowing Iris foetidissima seed heads.IMG_3691

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,IMG_3694

together with the odd chamomile РI think this is Chamaemelum nobile.IMG_3693

Rounding the corner and onto the beach I saw the dinghies has beaten me there!IMG_3707

And, while I’m diverging from the flowers, just thought I’d share a picture of Nimbus, in honour of his upcoming ninth birthday. ¬†IMG_3708

And finally, also nothing to do with flowers, anyone else devastated by tonight’s Strictly outcome?

Andalucian jewels


We’re just back from a¬† week at the beautiful Finca el Cerrillo¬†on a guided walking holiday with Headwater, and whilst I hoped there might be some wild flowers to admire, I had no idea of the beauty of the Finca’s own gardens or the sheer scale of the wild flowers waiting for me.

Firstly, at the Finca, there was a charming¬†‘cultivated’ area around the rooms and the pool:IMG_6480


but also, further from the Finca, but still in the grounds, was a wilder area complete with treehouse (and honesty bar!)IMG_6499

and beautiful blooms and vistas.IMG_6508




And then walking in the areas around the Finca we saw huge areas of Vipers BuglossIMG_6745




Cistus (both pink and white) and Lavandula stoechasIMG_6633IMG_6843IMG_6690

Asphodel (both flowers and extraordinary seed heads)


Sweet peas



Wild lupinsIMG_6648

Orchids – Mirror Orchid


Butterfly OrchidsIMG_6635


Some stunning trees, figs, almonds and tamariskIMG_6602IMG_6608IMG_6616



and this beautiful little toadflax.IMG_6867

I assure you there are many more photos, but I’ll leave it there. ¬†I would just urge you to go to this stunning area of Andulucia, north east of Malaga, and see them for yourself.

With enormous thanks to Sue and Gordon for being such great hosts at Finca el Cerrillo, and thanks also to our very knowledgeable and eagle eyed guide Jenny.

And thanks also to Gail, at Clay and Limestone, who hosts a monthly Wildflower Wednesday meme, which I’ve linked this post to. ¬†Thanks Gail!