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Cornish Botany August 2019 - Part 2

I hope you enjoyed Part 1, but if you missed it, just scroll down past this blog to see some beautiful wildflowers and views from Cornwall. Of course, any trip to Cornwall isn't complete without a trip to Land's End and while the majority of the tourists were in the shops and taking selfies by the famous mileage signpost I went for a short walk to take in the flora. Heather, Bell Heather, Gorse and assorted yellow daisy composites made for a breathtaking display all around the area. These photos really don't do the colours justice, but it was a joy to take it all in along with lungfulls of fresh and unpolluted oceanic air. Look a bit closer between the plants mentioned above and you could see the pastel blue flowers of Sheep's Bit, an uncommon plant in Kent, but prolific here.   Jasione montana A close up view of Heather, so common in the north and west of the UK yet now on the Kent RPR due to its rapid decline in our

Cornish Botany August 2019 - Part 1

In August we had a short break to the north Cornish coast for a few days near to Delabole. Despite it being the height of the school Summer holidays, the roads (once in Cornwall) were relatively quiet. Perhaps living near the Dartford Crossing and close to Bluewater means that almost anywhere else will seem quiet! Of course, Cornwall has a different flora to that found in Kent with some species new to me. Whilst we explored various hidden coves and small villages I also kept an eye out for botanical surprises, or to be honest just some nice wildflowers. The weather wasn't kind to us either, though by leaving early in the morning we missed much of the rain (and crowds) on our days out. This is Common Scurvygrass, and it's actually common, which is surprising given that many plants called "common" are now actually quite rare.  What is unusual about this plant is that it doesn't like the South East of England and is completely absent from Kent. So

Bough Beech area of Kent - 04/08/19

I walked from east of Bough Beech reservoir to Winkhurst Green this day and here's some of the amazing plants I found this day. It' always a great feeling to find a new orchid site and here is a Violet Helleborine by a woodland path. Epipactis purpurata  Two colour forms of Scarlet Pimpernel along a field edge This beautiful colour variant is called: Lysimachia arvensis f. carnea ( formerly Anagallis arvensis) Fungi were just starting to put in an appearance. It's nice to find some in mint condition and not half eaten away by slugs. Foxgloves are quite amazing plants and this one was late flowering with most in seed by this time. Digitalis purpurea What I thought was a white form of Dovesfoot Cranesbill  (they're usually pink) turned out to be Cut-Leaved Cranesbill. It's easy to get a bit lazy and not check all the ID features on a plant, especially when you see them regularly. I didn't notice a