Devil's Bit Scabious
Wild Flowers
Addenda 2013
To see a World in a grain of sand,
And Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour

William Blake

 
from January 2013
Link to Trees 2009 - 2013
Adur Nature 2013
Sussex Wild Flora
Wild Flora on Chalk  on  flickr


Wild Flowers 2014

1 December 2013
A brief cycle ride to Old Shoreham was predictably dull. As it was December I noted Common Toadflax, Sow Thistle, Yarrow and a Common Hogweed still in flower.

31 October 2013

Rock Samphire
East Worthing Beach (by Brooklands)

25 & 29 October 2013
 

 Common Toadflax
 Buttercup
Arum
 Wayfaring

17 - 20 October 2013
 

 Field Speedwell
 Green Alkanet
 Bittersweet
Hawthorn

15 October 2013
 

Yew in Shoreham Cemetery
 Dog Violet
 Yew
 Milkwort
 Privet

12 October 2013
 

 Privet
Guelder Rose
 Ash Keys
 Ash Keys 

9 -10 October 2013
 

 Wayfaring
Holly 
Hawthorn 
Hawthorn 

6 - 8 October 2013
 

 Bittersweet
Holly 
 Dog Rose
Wayfaring 

2 October 2013
 

 Sweet Violet
Deadly Nightshade
 Carline Thistle
Bramble

Mill Hill

29 September 2013
 
 Dogwood
 Purple Toadflax
 Ash branches hanging
heavy with keys

I cycled under the Ash branches were hanging heavy with keys almost forming a complete canopy over parts of the Downs Link Cyclepath from Old Shoreham to Upper Beeding. Colour was in the hedge border, full of wild fruits and berries, the red of Hawthorn, Dog Rose (Rose Hips) and Guelder Rose (a honeysuckle) were most noticeable.
 

 Dog Rose
 Guelder
Rose
Hawthorn 

23 - 24 September 2013
 

 
 Evening Primrose
Evening Primrose 
 
Lesser Burdock

22 September 2013
 

Autumn Lady's Tresses
 Yellow Wort
 Small Scabious
 Small Scabious
 Autumn Lady's Tresses

20 September 2013
 

 Wild Basil
 Wild Basil
 Autumn Gentian
Autumn Gentian
 

Greater Burdock

18 September 2013
 

 Bittersweet
 Bittersweet
 Scentless Mayweed
 Rock Samphire & Sea Kale

Foreshore, between Widewater and the sea


 
Comfrey
 Comfrey
 Buddleia
 

Downs Link Cyclepath

11 - 12 September 2013
 

  Carline Thistle & Cotoneaster
 Elderberry
 Deadly Nightshade
Clematis

9 September 2013

 Red Bartsia 
  Devil's Bit Scabious
Great Mullein 
Self-heal 

Mill Hill

1 September 2013
 

 

Welted Thistle

28 & 30 August 2013
 

 
 Autumn Gentian
 
 Devil's Bit Scabious
 Harebell

Mill Hill (1)  Steyning (3,4)

25 August 2013
 

 Musk Mallow
 Red Bartsia 
Red Bartsia 
 Common Toadflax

Adur Levels

21 August 2013
 

 
 Marjoram
Common Poppy & Marjoram
 Carline Thistle
 

20 August 2013
 

 
 
 Meadow Cranesbill
 Wild Carrot
 Purple Loosestrife

19 - 20 August 2013
 

 Great Mullein
 Wild Basil
 Wild Carrot
Toadflax 

18 August 2013
 

 Hemp Agrimony
 Plantain
 Rosebay Willowherb & Goldenrod
Red Bartsia & Eyebright

15 & 18 August 2013
 

 Buddleia
 Viper's Bugloss
 Fleabane +
 Fleabane

Additional Pictures

14 August 2013
 

 Red Bartsia
Carline Thistle
 Deadly Nightshade
 Deadly Nightshade

Mill Hill


Rock Samphire
 Rock Samphire
Rock Samphire

East Worthing Beach (by Brooklands)

13 August 2013
 

 Greater Knapweed
Deadly Nightshade
Deadly Nightshade
Spear Thistle 

Mill Hill

7 - 8 August 2013
 
 Greater Knapweed
 Fleabane
 Basil
Carline Thistle 

Mill Hill

6 - 8 August 2013

Carline Thistle (1,3,6) & Ragwort (2,4,5)

6 August 2013
 

 Common Eyebright
 Teasel
 Marjoram
Buddleia on Mill Hill 

Mill Hill

4 August 2013
 

 Buddleia
 Creeping Jenny
Brooklime 
Brooklime 

1 August 2013
 

Ploughman's Spikenard 
Traveller's Joy, Clematis
Nettle-leaved Bellflower
Wild Basil 

27 July 2013
 

 
Carline Thistle 
 
 Greater Knapweed
Ragwort

24 July 2013
 

Hardhead (Lesser Knapweed)
Teasel
Scentless Mayweed
Harebell

21 July 2013
 

 Creeping Jenny
 Marjoram
Fleabane
Lesser Burdock 

19 July 2013
 

 Vervain
Carline Thistle 
 Greater Knapweed
Wild Basil 
Stemless Thistle
Small Scabious
Small Scabious
Field Scabious

Mill Hill

17 July 2013
 

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 Yellow Wort
Round-headed Rampion
 Small Scabious
Knapweed Broomrape

Mill Hill

14 July 2013
 

Chicory
Creeping Jenny
Creeping Jenny
 Marjoram

Adur Levels

12 & 13 July 2013
 

Annual Wall Rocket 
 Creeping Jenny
 Nipplewort
Bristly Ox-tongue 

12 July 2013
 

Marjoram
Stemless Thistle
Bryony
Fumitory

Mill Hill

10 - 12 July 2013
 

Arrowhead
Meadow Cranesbill
Scarlet Pimpernel
Spotted Orchid 
& Sedge

Upper Beeding (2) & Mill Hill Cutting (2)

9 July 2013
 
Field Bindweed
Fool's Water Cress
Spear Thistle
Teasel
Creeping Thistle
Tufted Vetch
Pyramidal Orchids
Creeping Cinquefoil
Greater Willowherb

Downs Link Cyclepath (Old Shoreham - Annington Sewer)

7 July 2013
 

Melilot
Centaury
Hardhead (=Lesser Knapweed)
Pyramidal Orchid

5 July 2013
 

Dropwort
Sweet Briar
Rosa rubiginosa
Wild Thyme
Musk Thistle
Musk Thistles
Centaury
Ox-eye Daisies
Creeping Cinquefoil
Creeping Cinquefoil
Silverweed

4 July 2013
 

Lady's Bedstraw
Rosebay Willowherb
Melilot
Scentless Mayweed

 
Hemp Agrimony
Hedge Woundwort
Rosebay Willowherb
Agrimony
 Great Mullein

Adur Levels in Shoreham

2 July 2013
 

 Tree Mallow with Tamarisk
Creeping Thistle 
Yellow-headed Poppy 
Lesser Burdock 

1 July 2013
 

 Restharrow
Common Spotted Orchid
Common Spotted Orchids
Pyramidal Orchid

Slonk Hill Cutting (south)

30 June 2013
 

 
 
Tufted Vetch
Ox-eye Daisy
Ox-eye Daisies

29 June 2013
 

Yarrow
Navelwort
English Stonecrop
Common Poppy

Adur Stonecrops

27 June 2013
 

Scarlet Pimpernel
Dwarf Thistle
Squinancywort
Eyebright

 
 
Musk Thistle
 
Dropwort
Creeping Cinquefoil

Mill Hill

Adur Thistles
 
Southern Marsh Orchid
Southern Marsh Orchid
Pyramidal Orchid
Common Spotted Orchid

Mill Hill Cutting (SW)

26 June 2013
 

 
Childing Pink
Biting Stonecrop 
Viper's Bugloss
Starry Clover
Prickly Lettuce
 

Shoreham Beach (first 3)

23 June 2013
 
Lady's Mantle
Hemlock Water Dropwort
Hemlock Water Dropwort
Hemlock Water Dropwort

18 June 2013
 

 Red Valerian
Sea Kale
Sea Thrift
 Biting Stonecrop

17 June 2013
 

Wild Mignonette
Milkwort
Bladder Campion
White Campion

Mill Hill (Middle & Upper)

16 June 2013
 
Dog Rose
Rosa canina
Kidney Vetch
Yellow Rattle
Spotted Orchid
Pyramidal Orchid

14 June 2013
 

Horseshoe Vetch Pods
Southern Marsh Orchid
Southern Marsh Orchids
Columbine

Adur Orchids

9 June 2013
 

Tree Mallow
Viper's Bugloss
Red Valerian
Starry Clover

Shoreham Fort Beach

3 - 5 June 2103
 

Fairy Flax
Milkwort
Salad Burnet
(=Greater Burnet)
Mouse-eared Hawkweed

30 May 2013
 

 
Sea Kale
 
Tree Mallow
Silver Ragwort

Southwick Beach

29 May 2013
 

Sea Campion
Sea Campion
Sea Campion
Sea Thrift

Widewater Flood Plain

27 May 2013
 

White Campion
White Campion
Milkwort & Horseshoe Vetch
Milkwort

Mill Hill

21 -27 May 2013
 

Common Vetch
Brooklime, Veronica beccabunga
Marsh Marigold
Creeping Buttercup

26 May 2013
 

Creeping Buttercup (?)

21 May 2013
 

 
Meadow Buttercup
 
Bulbous Buttercup
Bulbous Buttercup
Common Daisy

Common Milkwort  Polygala vulgaris.

The flowers are shown spiralling out from a single rosette. Some books mention this as a feature of Chalk Milkwort, Polygala calcarea.
This latter plant is not on the local list.

Adur Milkworts

19 May 2013
 

Field Mouse-ear
Field Mouse-ear
Common Vetch
Common Vetch

Buckingham Cutting (south)

17 - 18 May 2013
Hawthorn was flowering at Cuckoo's Corner, as well as Garlic Mustard and Red Campion on the Coombes Road verges.
 

Hawthorn
Hawthorn
White Campion
Red Campion
Red Campion

17 May 2013
 

Mill Hill

New flowers spotted for the first time this year on the lower slopes of Mill Hill: Milkwort, Germander Speedwell, Bird's Foot Trefoil, Salad Burnet.
Top part of Mill Hill (southern end) and verges: White Campion, Wild Carrot (white flowers), Hoary Cress.
Waysides and recorded earlier in the year: Corn Salad, Bulbous Buttercups.

16 May 2013
 

Marsh
Marigolds
Bugle

11 May 2013
 

Marsh Marigolds

9 May 2013
Marsh Marigolds began to flower in my shaded north-facing front garden pond in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham.

5 & 6 May 2013
 

 
Carline Thistle
Horseshoe Vetch
Cowslips

Mill Hill

3 May 2013
 

Cowslips
Snake's Head Fritillary
Snake's Head Fritillary
Snake's Head Fritillary

On the verges of the cyclepath I saw my first ever local Snake's Head Fritillaries, Fritillaria meleagris, in flower in the wild. (I have seen them in gardens before usually on the damp beds next to ponds.)

1 May 2013
 

Blackthorn
Dog Violets

The lower slopes of Mill Hill were covered in scattered clumps of Dog Violets visited by Peacock Butterflies and a patrolling Brimstone Butterfly one Small Tortoiseshell and a single Comma at the northern end. I looked for but could not find a single Horseshoe Vetch flower which means this important caterpillar flower is late this year.

22 - 23 April 2013
 

Common Daisies & Sweet Alyssum
Sweet Alyssum
Lobularia maritima
Lesser Celandine
Lesser Celandine

Roadside Verges, East Worthing and Withy Patch, North Lancing

21 April 2013
 

Ground Ivy
Cowslips
Forget-me-not
Old Man's Beard

Mill Hill

17 April 2013
Ground Ivy and Cowslips are added to the plants in flower. Lesser Celandine was now prevalent on verges and waste places.

15 April 2013
 

Green Alkanet
Primroses
Blackthorn

Blackthorn and Green Alkanet were spotted in flower for the first time at the southern entrance to the Waterworks Road footpath (which was still blocked off by branches and a fence). Field Speedwell and Lesser Celandine were flowering where I had not seen them before. Hairy Bitter Cress was prevalent on the road verges. The Primroses were noted next to the cyclepath in Old Shoreham south of the Toll Bridge.
 
14 April 2013

Red Dead-nettle and Groundsel, Old Fort, Shoreham Beach.

6 April 2013
 

Coltsfoot
Coltsfoot
Lesser Celandine

Coltsfoot and Lesser Celandine were seen in small clumps on the vegetated bank between Widewater Lagoon and the shingle and the sea. The Snowdrops are almost finished where seen. No Blackthorn flowers were seen. The diminutive Hairy Bitter Cress was commonly seen by the wayside.

2 April 2013
For just a few minutes I felt he brief and weak warmth of the sun from between the white clouds, as I was battered by a chill north-east breeze (Force 5 gusting to Force 6).
 

 Field Speedwells
Field Speedwell
 Lesser Celandine
Common Mouse-ear

A few spring flowers were noted for the first time.

Coltsfoot 20 March 2013
A few flowers of Lesser Celandine were spotted on the western grass verge of the Steyning Road just north of the last house in Old Shoreham. 

19 March 2013
Coltsfoot is often the first sign of colour in spring. This flower was seen on the eastern towpath underneath the Railway Viaduct.
Dandelions were also flowering on verges. 

March 2013
 

 Daffodils (5th)
Red Deadnettle (14th)
 Lungwort (14th)
 Dandelions (14th)

21 February 2013
 

Snowdrops
Primroses 
Primrose
 Hyacinth Squill  Scilla hyacinthoides

Steyning, St. Andrew's Churchyard and nearby

18 February 2013
 

Great Mullein
Carline Thistle
Sweet Violet
Sweet Violet

Mill Hill

Adur Violets

January 2013
 

White Poplar
White Poplar
Gorse
Golden Willow

17 January 2013
 

Polypody
Lesser Celandine
Lesser Celandine

The small flower was thought to be a closed up Lesser Celandine despite its very early flowering. Not Winter Aconite, Eranthis hyemalisGreater Periwinkle was seen flowering in wild gardens and the adjoining verges.
Epiliths

Wild Flowers in January



Wild Flower Reports 2012

Adur Nature Reports 2013


Wild Flowers 2008
Flora of Shoreham-by-Sea (List)


Parts of a Flower

Pollination Power

A Layman's Guide to British Wild Flowers

Botanical Latin

Wild Flower Society

List of the vascular plants of Britain and Ireland

Alphabetical LIst of British Wild Plants

Plant Glossary

Flower Terminology

Wild Flower Key



flickr

Sussex Wild Flora

Flora & Fauna on Chalk



Books
 

Comparative Plant Ecology (book)
Interactive Flora of the British Isles: DVD ROM


SquinancywortLady's BedstrawVervainEyebrightWild BasilLink to the Adur Nature Notes 2009 web pagesLink to the Adur 2010 Nature Notes pagesLink to the Adur 2012 Nature Notes pages