Spotting wildflowers and photographing them
I love spotting wildflowers, it’s something I’ve done since I was a kid. Back then I used to pick them, often making big bouquets for myself of cow parsley and grasses. These days I take a photo instead, often just with my smartphone as it’s all I’ve got on me at the time. I go for a lot of walks, which often take longer than expected due to unscheduled stops for photography!
I’m not a botanist and I only use botanical names when I’m confident or trying to distinguish between two similar species – for an example see my posts on violas. I use Francis Rose The Wild Flower Key to help with identification, Google (although there are a lot of mislabelled images out there), my friend Mercy at Home Plants and Twitter.
Here is a list of wildflowers I’ve spotted over the last few years, mostly in Sussex, around the Seaford, Eastbourne and Battle areas, and the north Kent coast and Canterbury. I enjoy seeing what I can find when I’m abroad too, but often find identification somewhat harder.
Awaiting links are:
Agrimony Atriplex Avens
Coltsfoot Comfrey Corydalis
Hogs fennel Horned poppy
Lagurus Lotus Lucerne
Pepperwort Pimpernell Potentilla
Salsify Sea beet Sea holly Sedum Shepherds purse Spearwort