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Duver sunshine

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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 – I 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?

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:

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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.

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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.