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
I came across this lovely flower on a grassy promontory on the eastern side of a beach (Playa de Esteiro) in Galicia, NW Spain. It is a site above some cliffs, with … Continue Reading Flower of God
This rhododendron is known as the ‘the thousand year old rose’ in Thailand, and for all I know they really do grow for a millennium. The Latin name is Rhododendron … Continue Reading The thousand year old rose
Six blue tepals and some nectar thieves!.
Spring Squill is a lovely perennial wild flower, with lilac-blue or violet-coloured flowers which emerge each Spring from the underground bulbs. It can be found all along the north and west coasts … Continue Reading Six blue tepals and some nectar thieves!
These early flowering Irises both share the same species name – bulbocodium – which means ‘wooly bulb’ or ‘wool covered bulb’. Presumably because they share the same sort of furry bulb … Continue Reading Two wooly bulbs!
“It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling … Continue Reading A tangled bank or two