Category Archives: Wildflowers

I can’t resist photographing wildflowers.

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    Limonium vulgare | Sea lavender

    Posted on August 5, 2015 by in Wildflowers

    Spotting sea lavender on Seaford Head A brisk walk up Seaford Head today, visiting the beach on the way. These chalk cliffs are the start of the famous Seven Sisters. The purple Limonium flowers are in bloom It is August and the sea lavender is flowering in the low grass kept down by rabbits on […]

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    Mindful wildflower walks

    Posted on July 26, 2015 by in Nature, Walks, Wildflowers

    Wildflower exercise blog My friend Mercy writes a running blog. She frequently stops during her exercise to photograph flowers and other points of interest. I particularly enjoyed this post in which she was continually distracted by the things around her. Having just started reading the book Mindfulness for Dummies, I can see similarities with how […]

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    Cow parsley | Anthriscus sylvestris

    Posted on May 24, 2015 by in Outings, Wildflowers

    ┬áIt’s been a while… …as the power ballad goes…but I’ve still been out and about in the Sussex countryside photographing wildflowers! May is Cow Parsley time We often find round here that greenish-yellow alexanders and deep blue alkanet are in flower at the beginning of the month, with cow parsley filling in towards the end. […]

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    Primula vulgaris | Primrose

    Posted on March 23, 2014 by in Wildflowers

    A wild flower for Mothers Day Primroses grow en masse along the country lanes of Sussex, especially on grassy roadside banks near Battle. Thirty years ago, back when it was OK to pick wildflowers, my husband used to pick a posy for his Mum to celebrate Mothers Day. I am writing this a week before […]

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    Ranunculus ficaria | Lesser celandine

    Posted on March 16, 2014 by in Wildflowers

    A buttery yellow wildflower We have a community pond at the end of our road, and at this time of year its edges are a sea of yellow with celandine flowers. They seem to love the damp conditions, and the shade provided by a small stand of trees edging the footpath. The buttery yellow blooms, […]

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    Armeria maritima | Thrift

    Posted on March 9, 2014 by in Wildflowers

    Pink pincushions of wildflowers Living near the seaside, I see a lot of sea pinks aka thrift. The cushions of foliage look very soft and comfy, and the compound flowers always seem so profuse. The wildflowers grow happily in the chalk cliffs at Seaford, unaffected by the strong winds and sea salt. Read more about […]

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    Galanthus nivalis | snowdrop

    Posted on February 22, 2014 by in Wildflowers

    This wild flower heralds the coming of Spring The tricky thing about snowdrops for someone like me who is not a botanist, is distinguishing between native wildflowers and garden escapees. These extremely delicate examples of Galanthus were found a long way from any gardens, growing in rough grass about 5m from a road. The stems […]

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    Viola odorata | Sweet violet

    Posted on February 22, 2014 by in Wildflowers

    Viola flowers are a sweet Spring treat This lovely little flower face has a beautifully sweet fragrance and is blessedly common here in Sussex. They are often seen on grassy banks, but this one was photographed in flat rough grass by the side of the road. I love to crystallize and eat cultivated violets, which […]

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    Silene vulgaris | bladder campion

    Posted on February 16, 2014 by in Wildflowers

    White balloon-like wildflowers Spotted in an open patch of long grass next to the footpath, this white flower has a bulbous calyx and flowers which are about 2cm across. The leaves are apparently prized as a vegetable in Spain.  

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    Veronica Chamaedrys | Speedwell

    Posted on February 16, 2014 by in Wildflowers

    I love the tiny blue flowers of speedwell Each short-lived flower is about 1cm across and sky blue in colour, with a few flowers per spike. There is a white centre, and it has prominent stamens. The flowers are so eyecatching among the fresh green grass. In the language of flowers it is associated with […]

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