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    Winter heliotrope | Petasites fragrans

    Posted on February 12, 2016 by in Nature

    Fragrant winter heliotrope is almost over I’ve just been out for a walk in Seaford past this large swathe of wildflower leaves. It is winter heliotrope, Petasites fragrans. Identifying winter heliotrope I only recently found out what this was. I had photographed some heliotrope flowers last year in Seaford, but hadn’t used the pics. Then […]

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    Tide Mills – a lovely spot for photographing wildflowers

    Posted on September 13, 2015 by in Nature, Walks

    Spotting wildflowers on a local walk Tide Mills is the site of a ruined village in a historic coastal area between Seaford and Newhaven, which is popular with walkers. There were plenty of wildflowers to be seen when I visited in August. After parking off the A259, the path skirts a couple of fields as […]

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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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    Elderflower champagne recipe

    Posted on July 10, 2015 by in Cookery and baking

    Mike makes elderflower champagne most years What I love about elderflower champagne is the fresh floral taste, and feeling of a midsummer treat! Making elderflower champagne Picking elderflowers The elder tree, Sambucus nigra, is very common in the UK and flowers late May into early June here in the South East. Our elderflower champagne recipe […]

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    Litlington Flower Festival

    Posted on June 20, 2015 by in Outings

    I’ve just come back from Litlington Flower Festival Litlington is a small village down the road from where we live in Seaford, Sussex. This year they are running a flower festival over four days in aid of church upkeep and repairs.  I may not be religious but I do love flowers and the opportunity for […]

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    Jolly Jonquils: Daffodils from Walter Crane

    Posted on March 23, 2014 by in Art, Gardening

    I love Walter Crane’s humorous botanical illustrations And a whole batch of his flowers have now been released into the public domain via Flickr. A selection of dizzy daffodils Daffodils don’t really come under the literal Photographing Wildflowers remit, as the only ones to be seen around here are either cultivated, or garden escapees. But […]

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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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    Composting for the birds

    Posted on March 16, 2014 by in Gardening, Nature

    I’m quite proud of our compost bins! We have two bins made out of old pallets from work, each about a cubic metre in size. As well as garden waste and vegetable peelings, I also compost any dried flower sweepings from my shop, so it can sometimes be rather pretty with rose petals and dried […]

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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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