Since my last Duver post there have been great floral developments on the Duver.
Firstly, the foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea), which I worried might have been depleted by some over enthusiastic council clearing, seem to be back in full strength. The seeds can germinate decades after dispersal (much like poppies), so if this year had been disappointing, I suppose all would not have been lost.
I love the density of flowers – my foxgloves, grown from seed, cossetted at every step of the way and protected from council ‘enthusiasm,’ are nothing like as impressive. Nature eh?
Also, behind the foxgloves in the first picture is a magnificent Tree Lupin (Lupinus Arboreus). Apparently lupins were brought to the UK by the Romans who used them as food for themselves and their animals, but also ploughed them back into the soil as green manure.
The Isle of Wight is known as a Roman settlement (there is a fabulous Roman Villla not far away at Brading), so amazing to think there may have been lupins here for 2000 years.
There are a number of tree lupins in this area and this one, in a much more shady position, will clearly be flowering later than the one above.
On a sandy spit which protrudes south into the mouth of the Bembridge Harbour is a magnificent colony of Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis). I love the way the colours differ on the same plant, depending on the age of the the individual flower.
On the same sandy spit is a beautiful small clump of Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris) . According to Sarah Raven it’s ‘edible and said to taste like peas – the young shoots are good in a spring salad or as quickly wilted greens’. However, as the clump is not very big I will leave them well alone.
Meanwhile, the beautiful Thrift continues to flower.
Post script I’ve been alerted by Chloris from The Blooming Garden, to ‘Wildflower Wednesday’ and, although this was posted on Monday, I’ve decided to join in. I also think I might try to coordinate my future ‘Duver’ blogs with Wildflower Wednesday in the future.
With many thanks to Gail, who hosts Wildflower Wednesday from Clay and Limestone in Tennessee.