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Return to the Duver, Wildflower Wednesday – late September 2014


Last month’s Wildflower Wednesday had me clinging on to summer, and this month’s, with the benefit of a glorious morning, has me attempting to do the same.IMG_4862

The chamomile discussed at some length last month is going from strength to strength, but unexpectedly (did I really miss it last year?) it has been joined by a second flowering of the beautiful thrift.  The thrift has also been discussed before, most comprehensively here, and whilst it’s lovely to see it again, the effect is quite different.  The colouring has been diluted by both the white of the chamomile flowers, but also by the many thrift seed heads that are now a silvery, papery beige.  The overall effect is less dramatic but somehow better suited to the season, which, however hard I try, can’t really still be called summer.IMG_4861

So this ‘between the seasons’ continues with this contrast of the wild carrot (Daucus carota) seed heads with the Sea Asters (Aster tripolium) still flowering well behind.IMG_4851

Elsewhere there is more evidence of ‘mellow fruitfulness’.  Umpteen blackberries, here with the fruit of Black Bryony, (Dioscorea [or Tamus] communis)IMG_4883

and here with the seed heads of Old Man’s Beard, Clematis vitalba,IMG_4882

as well as rose hipsIMG_4849

and Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides).IMG_4879

According to James Wong in his ‘Homegrown Revolution’ book Sea Buckthorn is a rich source of vitamins A, C and E and a ‘much-loved part of the cuisine of Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and China’.  He suggests using it for jams, juices and liqueurs, but acknowledges that the berries are very soft skinned and therefore extremely messy to harvest.  in  Scandanavia and Eastern Europe, where they are grown commercially, they harvest whole branches and freeze them, and then knock the berries off once hard.  Even if I thought it was appropriate to harvest whole branches,  I just don’t have that kind of space in my freezer!

With many thanks, as ever, to Gail at Clay and Limestone for hosting Wildflower Wednesday.


Return to the Duver, Wildflower Wednesday – late August 2014

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It’s a funny thing, living in a ‘holiday destination’.  You spend most of the year with it largely to yourself, and then, come the school holidays, you find you have to share.  And that’s just fine.  Different, but fine.

My ‘Return to the Duver’ walk this month actually took place on the Sunday of the Bank Holiday weekend, which, bearing in mind the change in the weather since then, was probably just as well.

The photo above shows the Oenothera biennis still flowering, (albeit rather more sparsely) having started in May. And below, the chamomile is going from strength to strength, and much more prolific than last year.  In looking for the Latin name on Wikipedia, I saw the following excerpt.  It appears there are many ‘chamomiles’ and they’re not even in the same family.

The majority of the plants on the Duver are very low growing which I think is the Roman chamomile, Chamaemelum nobile, but there are the odd clumps (second photo) which are a lot taller, which I think could be the German chamomile, Matricaria chamomilla, but I’m not convinced and happy to be corrected!

Wiki:  ”

A number of other species’ common names include the word “chamomile”. This does not mean they are used in the same manner as the species used in the herbal tea known as “chamomile.” Plants including the common name “chamomile,” of the family Asteraceae, are:




Along the path by the inner harbour is a plant I hadn’t previously noticed.  I think this must be Sea Aster (Aster tripolium).  The colour in the photo is a little bleached compared to the original, but it wasn’t a very strong colour (definitely not like Aster x frikartii monch!) but still an attractive clump by the water’s edge.


Another blue is this little flower below.  It’s only about a couple of inches tall and seems to grow within the grass sward.  I wondered whether it might be a milkwort, but the colour seems a little pale.  I’d appreciate any suggestions.

IMG_4576 (3)And as well as the flowers there was this lovely fern, IMG_4560

and plenty of blackberries and rose hips ripening.  But I con’t bear to think about that yet, that seems far too like Autumn for my liking.

Let’s stick to summer as long as we can.

IMG_4577 (2)With many thanks, as ever, to Gail at Clay and Limestone for hosting Wildflower Wednesday.