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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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    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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    Bellis perennis | Daisy

    Posted on February 2, 2014 by in Wildflowers

    Daisy flowers have many names This common white flower with an iconic yellow centre is known common daisy, lawn daisy, English daisy and bruisewort. I hear that historically it was traditional to mash up flowers & apply to broken veins in face to improve complexion. I have no idea whether this has any modern validity! […]

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    Stellaria holostea | Greater stitchwort

    Posted on February 2, 2014 by in Wildflowers

    Stitchwort – a tiny white flower This tiny white flower with pretty orange anthers is common in Sussex, to the extent that I wasn’t going to photograph it until my daughter insisted. The flowers are about 2cm across, and we found the one photographed below in an open area, growing alongside a concreted footpath. Stitchwort […]

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