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Wildflower Wednesday – late November 2014


Although there’s been very little in the way of frost here, the Duver is now looking distinctly wintery.

Whilst there are odd flowers – like the cow parsley, Anthriscus sylvestrisIMG_5419

wild garlic, Allium ursinumIMG_5421

and bedraggled chamomile,IMG_5440

these are the exception.

The majority of plantlife is either brown and decaying – my beautiful Sea Thrift, all over for the year – IMG_5441

and likewise the wild carrot, Daucus carota,IMG_5433

or are resolutely fruiting in a last chance reproductive saloon – rose hips,IMG_5431

seed head of Iris unguicularisIMG_5425

and Black Bryony, (Dioscorea [or Tamus] communis)IMG_5462

However, one thing clearly thriving in the relatively mild damp, is the funghi.

Sorry no names, but aren’t they extraordinary?  And no, I haven’t eaten any of them!

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

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.