Flowering around the town
This month, either side of my big campervan holiday I wandered around my Sussex hometown to see what wildflowers I could find.
Early June blooms on Seaford Head
Common spotted orchid – Dactylorhiza fuchsii
Twayblade orchid – Neottia ovata
White bryony – Bryonia dioica
On the way home I found this Bryony growing in the pavement.
In my garden
Creeping cinquefoil – Potentilla reptans
There is Creeping cinquefoil growing in my patio – it was coming into bud in early June.
In the streets
Pale purple toadflax – Linaria purpurea / repens
This Pale purple toadflax was very eye-catching. I have read that Purple Toadflax is much more common than Pale but isn’t stripy – perhaps this is a garden escape or a hybrid? The shape says Purple however.
Fox and cubs – Pilosella aurantiaca
There was a whole sunny bank of Fox-and-cubs.
The Last Meadow
Ox-eye daisy – Leucanthemum vulgare
Black medick – Medicago lupulina
Rosebay willowherb – Chamaenerion angustifolium
This plant is also sometimes known as Fireweed Chamerion angustifolium.
Dog rose – Rosa canina
Apparently Dog rose is easily confused with Field rose Rosa arvensis, whose flowers are always white.
Pyramidal orchids – Anacamptis pyramidalis
The photos don’t do justice to the sheer number of Pyramidal orchid flowers I came across – I guessed at about 400 in the lower end of the field. Fabulous!
This year was a good year for orchids.
Find out more about how I identify orchids.
Here is a link to some good places to find orchids from the Wildlife Trusts.