Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Summer Wildflowers in Hampshire

I'm getting towards the end of my backlog of photos from last year which is a good thing because I've already got some from this year to post. Hopefully I'll get them all on in the next few days. Well, the wildflower ones that is, and a bird related one too. I've still got shed loads of fungi photos, some even from 2015! I still need to try and identify some of them though (or most of them). So as you may have already guessed, here's a selection of wildflowers from Hampshire.

Crown Vetch - Securigera varia

Deadly Nightshade - Atropa belladonna 

Dragon's Teeth - Tetragonolobus maritimus 

Hairy VetchlingLathyrus hirsutus

Small BalsamImpatiens parviflora

Grey Field Speedwell - Veronica polita

Fine-leaved Sandwort - Minuartia hybrida

This is Wall Bedstraw, it's such a thin and spindly plant that you can hardly see it in this photo. 
The flowers must be some of the smallest I've ever seen and definitely the most difficult to photograph. They are so inconspicuous we initially thought it wasn't even in flower!

Wall Bedstraw - Galium parisiense

Little Robin - Geranium purpureum

The following are a selection of plants from the New Forest.

Or not! Clearly not a plant but I couldn't resist taking a photo of this beautiful brand new life.

Pennyroyal - Mentha pulegium & Chamomile - Chamaemelum nobile

Autumn Lady's Tresses - Spiranthes spiralis

 Small Fleabane - Pulicaria vulgaris

Here with a model to show just how small it is.

Marsh Speedwell - Veronica scutellata

Yellow Centaury - Cicendia filiformis
  Lousewort - Pedicularis sylvatica
White flowered form (usually pink).

 Greater Broomrape - Orobanche rapum-genistae
Most of the plants at this site were this purple-brown colour but one clump was a strikingly yellow colour. 

Small Adder's Tongue - Ophioglossum azoricum 

Moonwort Botrychium lunaria

1 comment:

Gibster said...

I had no idea Moonwort was in The Forest. I spent nearly two years in Southampton before moving up here to Skye last December, pretty gutted to have been so near without knowing. Congrats on the Yellow Centaury pics, I know exactly how tiny the flowerhead is and you did marvelously well to have captured it in such exquisite detail.