Archive for the 'Flowers' Category

26th June 2012, Tuesday

Orchid time

The three common species of orchid are all out now in good numbers – pyramidal, common spotted and bee orchids. Most people’s favourite is the bee orchid and a close up of the flower above shows why…

23rd June 2012, Saturday


One of the shingle plants not eaten by rabbits is viper’s bugloss… because it is covered in small, sharp, glassy spines – on the stem, the leaves and the flower buds. This also helps to deter people from picking the pretty blue flowers…
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4th June 2012, Monday

Yellow Ridges

bird’sfoot trefoil
As a follow up to Red Ridges the flowers are now turning the shingle ridges yellow.
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31st December 2011, Saturday

Early Purple Orchids too!

Though not yet in bloom. But five prominent clusters of waxy, dark-purple-spotted green leaves in Knelle Woods, Beckley, today were in exactly the same small area where I counted 31 in flower last April. I never expected to see them before the New Year.

7th May 2011, Saturday

Shingle Flower Display

The next few days will see the Sea Kale flowering at its peak (above), now supported by Sea Pea, Sea Campion, Thrift, Herb Robert, Ivy-leaved Toadflax, Mouse-eared Hawkweed and Bittersweet.

19th November 2010, Friday

Hedgerow colours

In a hedgerow near Doleham Station today I noticed some bright pink shapes and closer inspection found them splitting open to reveal bright orange berries – they are fruits of the Spindle and are poisonous. For all you need to know about Spindle CLICK HERE

19th October 2010, Tuesday


A closer look at a large patch of yellow flowers today proved to be a new species record for Rye Harbour Farm. Yellow-wort (Blackstonia perfoliata) was last recorded at Rye Harbour in 1982. It is a member of the Gentian family and is common on chalky soils, so not common in the RX area.

7th October 2010, Thursday

Shingle Flowers

I expected to see Viper’s Bugloss, Yellow Horned Poppy, Herb Robert, Red Valerian and Sticky Groundsel in flower today on the shingle, but our three rare species were also in bloom, providing the latest recorded dates here… Least Lettuce (below), Red-hempnettle and Stinking Hawk’s-beard.
Least Lettuce

6th September 2010, Monday


Few plants have as evil a reputation as ragwort.  It is very toxic to lifestock and there is legislation requiring it’s control.  Shingle beaches are a habitat where it is beneficial and should be spared the fate of weed control.  It occurs as a natural part of the shingle flora, usually on areas where the beach is a little disturbed. 

Lichen heath with ragwort

The plants above are growing among lichen heath with abundant Cladonia lichens, wood sage Teucrium scorodonia and dodder Cuscuta epithymum.  Although not a rare plant in it’s own right it does produce a very valuable Read the rest of this entry »

13th August 2010, Friday

Augustweed ?

Walk to the mouth of the river Rother on the west side and you will see great drifts of large daisies. Most are growing just above the saltmarsh plants within the fenced areas, so it’s not easy to see what they are. They are Sea Mayweed and are providing masses of food for insects… Read the rest of this entry »