Archive for the 'Flowers' Category
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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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.
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
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.
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 »
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 »