Wildflowers within the town boundaries
I visited the Last Meadow in May and thought I would pop back to see what had changed and wander in to the Last Wood nextdoor as this area is only about 20 minutes walk from my house.
Flowering in the Last Meadow
As well as the plants in bloom below, there was elderflower in abundance, hoary mustard, and various yellow trefoils and purple vetches which I wasn’t able to photograph well or identify with any certainty. Not a bad flora for a scrubby dog walking field.
Shady plants in the Last Wood
Deadly nightshade marked the entrance to the Last Wood – foreshadowing if you like. I last visited there a couple of years ago in early spring before the leaves on the large sycamore trees came through, and found it pleasant with an ancient abandoned feel. This time I found it dark and a little claustrophobic, heavy with nettles and litter.
Back out of the woods
I passed all the signs asking me not to dump my garden waste and emerged back into the sunshine on Alfriston Rd and was faced with a jolly bank of mallow.
A note about colours in these photos
I generally use my smartphone to take pics while I’m out and about and am really pleased with it. But sometimes the colour is very slightly off. It does have some manual settings which I haven’t looked into as I want to just point and press when I’m going for a walk. But…
- The common poppy always looks a little on the crimson side in my pics, rather than scarlet
- Scarlet pimpernel as above
- Stinking iris looked in the flesh a delicate primrose yellow, but today’s photo looked washed out
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In June 2021 the Last Meadow was awash with Pyramidal orchids.