I was fascinated by the individual variation of this flower and took a series of photographs of different flower heads which I thought might make an interesting collage! But when … Continue Reading Green bug, yellow flower
Sea Spurge. In the Spring, they produce their remarkable receptacle-like flowers, which in close-up look to me like some sort of decoration for a miniature Christmas tree! The cup-shaped flower heads … Continue Reading Sea Spurge
Sea spurge (Euphorbia paralias) is a common plant on dunes and sandy beaches, from the British Isles down to the Mediterranean. The stems are slightly fleshy and glaucous – nice … Continue Reading Sea Spurge
There were huge numbers of Marsh Fritillary (Eurodryas aurina) butterflies flying about in Galicia (north-west Spain) when I visited the province in late April. Many of them were feeding on a … Continue Reading Feeding on hemlock!
This attractive member of the Carrot family (Umbelliferae) grows near the sea on rocky cliffs and headlands. Perhaps it likes the views! It’s hard to imagine a more aesthetically pleasing … Continue Reading A carrot by the sea!
This beautiful little flower is found along the coastline of northern Spain. It is often associated with dune systems (1) but also occurs on headlands, rocky areas and outcrops. These … Continue Reading A decumbent toadflax and its weevil
Broomrapes are strange parasitic plants. I did a blog on these plants before which featured Ivy Broomrape (Orobanche hederae) and Red broomrape (Orobanche foetida) in Galicia, Spain (1). I came … Continue Reading Thyme broomrape
Arctotheca calendula is an attractive flowering aster known as cape weed, cape dandelion or cape marigold. It originates from South Africa where it widespread in coastal areas or on disturbed soil. It … Continue Reading Seaside flowers: the good, the bad and the invasive!
The French Tamarisk (Tamarix gallica) is a deciduous shrub, or small tree, which originates from Saudi Arabia and the Sinai Peninsula and is now very common around the Mediterranean region and … Continue Reading Tamarisk: the manna tree
Our native oak trees (Quercus robur, Q. petraea) support the largest number of insect species of any tree species in Britain (1). Oak leaves emerge pristine and tender, but (like most of … Continue Reading Oak leaves in Spring
To many people, the word Columbine will conjure up images of the tragic high school massacre, which took place in Columbine, Colorado, in 1999. Columbine is however, a rather attractive … Continue Reading Bumblebees stole Granny’s bonnet!
Argan oil is amazing stuff. You can eat it eat or rub it on your body! It is said to have a whole range of beneficial effects, both for beauty … Continue Reading A hard nut!
Morouzos Beach (playa de Morouzos in Spanish) is a 2.8 km strip of sand which lies at the entrance to the Rias Ortigueira and Ladrido in A Coruña Province, Galicia, Spain. Behind … Continue Reading Morouzos Beach: a unique and fragile dune habitat
I came across these little blue belles whilst walking along the Rio Sor in Galicia earlier this month. There were not present in any sort of profusion, but they had … Continue Reading Autumn Crocus
The Comma (Polygonia c-album) is a very distinctive butterfly with an interesting history in the UK. It was very common and widespread in the early nineteenth century, but then its range … Continue Reading A comma, not a full stop!
The Sea daffodil (Pancratium maritimum) is a Mediterranean plant which also extends out along the Atlantic coasts of Portugal, Spain and France. They typically grow on sandy soils such as … Continue Reading Sea daffodils waiting for their hawk moths