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Return to the Duver, Wildflower Wednesday – late October 2014

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As some of you know, St Helens Duver is owned by the National Trust, and they have recently completed a brush/undergrowth clearing exercise, opening up some lovely new views from the path that descends to the Duver.  Shame that at the same time they haven’t chopped down the trees threatening to obscure our view!

I took these photos during Monday’s beautiful morning as I knew today it would be grim, and sure enough, there are stair rods coming down as I type.

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On the Duver there is still an occasional new thrift flower to admire,  but the majority have turned to a sea of papery heads.IMG_5209

There are grass seed heads everywhere.  These ones look like South African restio grasses and are much darker thanIMG_5214

Marram grass (Amophila), here together with the Common Ragwort (Senecio jacobaena).IMG_5222

There are still plenty of new  chamomile flowers coming to replace the those already faded.IMG_5212

As well as the occasional new Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis)IMG_5230

With many thanks to Gail, who hosts Wildflower Wednesday from Clay and Limestone in Tennessee.

Return to the Duver – July 2014

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Whilst the beautiful thrift is just about over for the year and the very dry weather has caused to whole Duver to look rather parched,IMG_3722

there are still plenty of jewels to be found.

Dog roses (Rosa camina) are flowering both in the hedgerow and just at the bottom of the path opposite our house.  Their beauty and simplicity tempts me to include more single roses in the garden.IMG_3692

Beyond the roses, but much lower to the ground, both Corn Chamomile (Anthemis arvensis) and pretty Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis).

Beyond these, an area which was under water for weeks at a stretch over the winter, seems to have provided an excellent habitat for Silverweed (Potentilla anserina).  This spreads by runners which, from the significantly increased population, would appear to be perfectly happy ‘running’ under water.  Apparently the roots are edible and provided an important crop prior to the introduction of the potato.

The leaves on their own are attractive, but they are then topped by a chirpy little yellow flower.IMG_3709

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Another yellow flower flowering this month is Lady’s Bedstraw (Galium verum).  I have to confess to only realising what this was having looked the flower up on my return home.  I now understand its name derives from its use as a stuffing for mattresses and pillows because it smells so lovely.  Tomorrow will find me back on the Duver giving it a sniff!IMG_3710

There’s plenty of other yellow around at the moment, including Meadow Vetchling (Lathyrus pratensis)IMG_3741

and Common Ragwort (Senecio jacobaena)IMG_3717

In front of a large patch of ragworts I found this magnificent Cotton Thistle (Onopordum acanthium).IMG_3714

Towards the sandy promontory some beautiful Opium poppies (Papaver somniferum)

And on the way home, on the roadside, two familiar plants.  The first, much easier to admire when it’s not in my garden – IMG_3744

and the second, just beautiful, growing through the hawthorn.IMG_3738

With many thanks to Gail, who hosts Wildflower Wednesday from Clay and Limestone in Tennessee.

(Unfortunately, I now realise I’ve misremembered the Wednesday.  It should have been the last of the month, not the first, so I’m a week late.  Apologies Gail!)