Some deep coloured Pyramidal Orchids dotted a grass slope in amongst the Bee Orchids
A Marbled White, one of many, resting on Black Medick.
A Small Heath on Hop Trefoil
Hare's Foot Clover.
Common Centaury gave a dazzling bright pink display en masse on the sunny slopes.
Yellow-wort wasn't about to be left out. it only opens in full sun and being a sunny day, they put on a fine display for me.
I then headed off to the Aldington area to record species for the BSBI 2020 atlas.
Here's a beauty, the Common Cudweed, a weird plant with tiny dull yellow flowers atop a grey green hairy stem
Damp areas and ditches are often full of wildflowers and insects and here was the same. Barren fields of crops with not a weed even around the edges were broken up by an oasis of life in a ditch.
In a field corner where the herbicides failed to reach were numerous Scented Mayweeds. These have a much smaller flower and hollow sweet smelling receptacle; whereas Scentless Mayweed has bigger flowers, a solid receptacle and no scent.
Water Forget-me-not with its big blue and pink flowers in one of the ditches.
in a lake were numerous Amphibious Bistort. With ponds and lakes being filled for development, they are becoming more scarce in the county.
My last plant of note, again from a damp area, was Marsh Woundwort. To my mind it is a more delicate and prettily flowered plant than Hedge Woundwort with which it can hybridise.
After quite a long walk around Aldington, I moved on to Hothfield Bog, a botanical and wildlife gem. One of a very few bogs left in the county. I have blogged about the place and its flora before, so I will confine the following to just some photos of the amazing flora to be found there.
Bog Pimpernel - Anagallis tenella
Common Spotted Orchid - Dactylorhiza fuchsii
Heath Spotted Orchid - Dactylorhiza maculata
Cotton Grass in seed.
The fluffy bits fly away in the breeze taking seed with them.
This Heath Spotted Orchid has picked up plenty of the fluffy white seed parachutes. You can see the brown blob of a seed near the bottom of the orchid - and the wind direction!
The amazing carnivorous Round-leaved Sundew
Cross Leaved Heath
Marsh St. John's Wort - Hypericum elodes
Not forgetting the golden star of many a bog, Bog Asphodel - Narthecium ossifragum
Lousewort - Pedicularis sylvatica
Heath Milkwort - Polygala serpyllifolia
Lesser Spearwort - Ranunculus flammula
Finally, Ragged Robin - Silene flos-cuculi
Another wonderful day botanising and only the day after seeing the amazing plants of the Kent coast.