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Return to the Duver – November 2015

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I haven’t posted a Duver post since the end of May, but it’s still there, and as beautiful as ever.

This post is a combination of some photos I took on Saturday, and then these, more atmospheric ones taken this morning before work.  There aren’t any flowers, but hopefully you’ll forgive me.IMG_9601IMG_9610

I have managed to find a (very) few flowersstill clinging on – rather tatty Chamomile,IMG_9570

precociously early wild garlic, or Ransoms.IMG_9559

and a couple of escapees.IMG_9618

For mellow fruitfulness I can offer the last few blackberriesIMG_9595

some beautiful rose hipsIMG_9567

and a bevy of tiny little mushrooms, barely bigger than my thumbnail.

As for foliage, look at this, a beautifully frost dusted thistle.  And yet no frost in my garden, higher up and further from the sea.  Now how does that work? IMG_9617

Wildflower Wednesday – late February 2015

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This picture sums up the look on the Duver at the moment as the season changes from winter to spring.  Much of the Duver is still brown, but there are increasing  flashes of green.  The leaves above are of one of three yellow tree lupins which reach up to about 5 foot.  The perfect new leaves look so fresh and optimistic against the surrounding drab.

Another promise of the future is this perfect rosette of Digitalis, covered with an almost Jenga like formation of dried out grasses.IMG_6045

There’s plenty of fresh green growth on the Butterbur, IMG_6038

and more flowers than I remember seeing in the past.IMG_6037

There are also still a lot of Wild Garlic or Ramsons,  Allium ursinum, flowering, particularly in one spot at the base of an oak,IMG_6036

as well as, close by, Winter Cress, Barbarea vulgaris, which I haven’t noticed before.IMG_6033

And, whilst I like to think that spring is on its way, there doesn’t seem to be much sign in a whole month from January’s photo, on the left, to this!

Roll on March!

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

 

 

 

 

Wildflower Wednesday – January 2015

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These photos were actually taken on Saturday because it was just such a beautiful morning.  Quite a contrast from this morning’s walk, when the wind was blowing the rain horizontally!

The picture above shows the lovely tracery of branches of our old friend, the over-the-road-oak.

Googling ‘Sea Beet’ for this week’s post, I came across the following article from the Guardian from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, which highlights three plants which can be foraged in the UK. All of them are growing on the Duver and looking good right now, in the middle of winter -Alexanders, Smyrnium olusatrumIMG_5882

Sea beet, Beta vulgaris subsp. maritimaIMG_5886

and Wild garlic or Ramsons,  Allium ursinum.IMG_5876

I’ve never foraged from the Duver (other than blackberries) but I’ve definitely enjoyed wild garlic.  However, that has been picked from my garden, where I’m desperately trying to eradicate it!

There really isn’t much sea beet on the Duver so I think that should be left well alone, but there must be nearly an acre of Alexanders.  Perhaps I should give that a try – according to Hugh F-W “The flavour is aromatic, fragrant – a little musky, a touch juniper-ish”.

In addition to the three plants above, I saw plenty of Winter heliotrope or Butterbur, Petasites fragrans.IMG_5880

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Gorse, Ulex europaeusIMG_5892

and something I’ve not seen before.  These fresh, green, sword shaped leaves were obscured by scrubby growth that was removed by the National Trust earlier in the year.  This has opened up the view and also cleared the area to allow these plants to thrive.  I think they must be Iris foetidissima, see close up of leaves below.IMG_5883

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Assuming that’s what they are, I look forward to seeing them all in flower.

To finish, a couple more photos – the first showing the marram grass, Ammophila,  glossy in the winter sunshine,IMG_5894

and a final one, a little nod towards spring.IMG_5899

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

 

 

Wildflower Wednesday – late December 2014

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The last Wildflower Wednesday of the year features photos actually taken on a rather grey looking Monday.  Despite the gloom, however, a number of white blooms were showing up well – Daucus carota,IMG_5584

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Winter heliotrope, Petasites fragransIMG_5588

and the odd slightly tatty looking chamomile.IMG_5609

More ‘sunny’ (I wish!) a good showing of broomIMG_5604

much rarer, a single thrift flower still showing some colour against the papery remains of many others.IMG_5608

But to end on a more forward looking note – amongst fierce looking thorns on the dog rose, new buds peeping.  Roll on spring!IMG_5596

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

 

Return to the Duver

IMG_1484During Tuesday’s moody mistiness I finally completed the usual dog walk to the Duver for the first time since spraining my ankle on the 12th.

The main change has been an explosion of lime green Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum).

According to Sarah Raven in her “Wild Flowers” book it is “supremely edible, with a flavour a bit like celery, parsley or chervil…..the best tasting bit comes from the centre, blanched naturally by the outer layers of leaves”.  Well perhaps I’ll give it a go, the ladybird seems to like it:IMG_1489 (2)As well as the Alexanders, there is a large patch of wild garlic flowering (which I could also eat, I feel a forage coming on!)IMG_1487Further down towards the coast there was a lovely selection of different catkins

IMG_1497and then finally at the coast, well not much to see at all.IMG_1502