I had found nothing of note along the sea front and beach areas, so I had a look around along a dyke behind the sea wall (that's a ditch in Kentish lingo for those unfamiliar with the term)
Doesn't look much does it!
It was about 4" tall and looked like a Red Dead-Nettle which it isn't.
It was a Cut-leaved Dead-Nettle
These are rather like Red Dead-Nettles with cut leaves. When said like that it completely fails to communicate to you the excitement I felt when I realised what it was, a new species for me.
The leaves are cut to 3-4mm deep, much deeper than Red Dead-Nettles and the flowers are smaller and few in number.
Well, with all that excitement over with, back to the usual!
This plant is edible, it's Watercress, just like you buy in the supermarket in a plastic packet. It's got attractive flowers for a crucifer as the centres are tinged purple.
Mayweeds can all look quite similar. I have a habit of picking some leaves, crushing them and having a sniff. If it smells rotten, it's the rare Stinking Chamomile. However, this one smelt sweet and I looked it up to confirm it as Scented Mayweed. Not at all rare, but outnumbered by the unscented Mayweed by thousands to one in Kent.
This was the final plant I photographed on this short diversion to Seasalter, a Branched Bur-Reed. Quite a fascinating species, it easily catches the eye.
There's an unbranched version as well, but I've yet to find any in Kent.
The yellow object behind it was a boom across the dyke to prevent weed build up on a sluice.
That's it, next blog coming soon, as I am trying to catch up with them before they become too out of date with the seasons.