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Wildflower Wednesday – late May 2015

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I’m a day late joining the Wildflower Wednesday meme, but excited to report that it’s Sea Thrift (Armeria maritima) time again on the Duver.

As last year, I’m struggling to convey the scale and beauty of these wonderful blooms.IMG_7537

In this photo, the thrift is joined in the foreground by Silverweed (Potentilla anserina).  This has a pretty silvery leaf (clue’s in the name!) and spreads by runners.  It seems to be increasing its hold on the Duver, with significant areas now covered in an argent carpet.IMG_7548

Also joining the Thrift are the first spires of Digitalis, projecting through the marram grass.IMG_7553

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Further out on the sandy spit, the first of the Evening Primrose, Oenothera biennis are also blooming.IMG_7567

The small patch of Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris) is just coming into bloom.  As I mentioned last year, 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’ but I’ll continue to leave the wild campions alone and instead pick my peas at home!IMG_7204

And to finish, two photos of the field opposite the house.

The first was taken a couple of weeks ago, and I don’t remember ever seeing the cow parsley, Anthriscus sylvestris so tall, or the Alexanders, Smyrnium olusatrum providing quite such a lime green sea.IMG_7175

Yesterday, the scene was rather different as the fluffy white clouds have been strimmed away. Bizarrely it reminds me of a newly shorn dog, all exposed and uncomfortable.  Doubtless it will all grow back and soften up once more.IMG_7529

With thanks as ever to Gail at Clay and Limestone for hosting the Wildflower Wednesday meme.

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!)