This parasitic Dodder was growing in chalk grassland at Broughton Down. I'd only ever seen this on Gorse before but here it was on Lady's Bedstraw.
Dodder - Cuscuta epithymum
This is the rare Green Hound's-tongue. We saw this in (I think) its only site in Hampshire, near Aldershot. The flowers are very similar to Hound's-tongue but the leaves are a much fresher green. We were a little early and most plants were only just starting to flower.
Green Hound's-tongue - Cynoglossum germanicum
Hoary Stock - Matthiola incana
This was the best flowering example I could find growing on the chalk cliffs at Bonchurch in the Isle of Wight. We were there looking at Glanville Fritillary and it wasn't the ideal time to see Hoary Stock in flower. Most of the plants had gone to seed but I'd never seen the flowers before so scrambled up a low cliff to get a shot of this 'fine specimen'.
Least Bur-reed - Sparganium natans
Growing in a New Forest Pond
A lovely stand off Marsh Mallow on the coast at Lepe
Marsh Mallow - Althaea officinalis
Pond Water-crowfoot - Ranunculus peltatus
In a New Forest Pond.
Rampion Bellflower is not a native plant but it is quite rare to find it naturalised. These plants are growing on a roadside verge near Sopley and have done so for many years. It was great to see them as we looked for them last year but they had been mowed off.
Rampion Bellflower - Campanula rapunculus
Tasteless Water-pepper - Persicaria mitis
We tracked this plant down to a ford by a bridleway at Moortown near Ringwood and when we arrived there we were surprised to find a couple of botanists already photographing it. I can tell you that that doesn't happen very often!
Small Water-pepper - Persicaria minor
In the New Forest and at Blashford Lakes we found ...
Slender Bird's-foot Trefoil - Lotus angustissimus
Round-headed Rampion - Phyteuma orbiculare
I couldn't resist taking a photo of this, the county flower of Sussex, whilst we were visiting to see the Queen of Spain Fritillary.
This is Fly Honeysuckle which is arguably native at this site in Amberley, West Sussex where it has been recorded since 1801.
Fly Honeysuckle - Lonicera xylosteum
Most of the clovers were all dried up but we managed to find a few clumps of Long-headed Clover just about hanging on!
Long-headed Clover - Trifolium incarnatum ssp. molinerii
Scarlet Pimpernel - Anagallis arvensis
In an unusual and beautiful dusky pink.
Smith's Pepperwort - Lepidium heterophyllum
Quite a few plants of Thyme Broomrape were at their best and looking rather spectacular, although the scenery helps!
Thyme Broomrape - Orobanche alba
American Blue-eyed Grass - Sisyrinchium montanum
Always a joy to see at Dawlish Warren where it is naturalised.
In the scenic setting of a stagnant pool by a manure heap near Colyton, this is Oak-leaved Goosefoot. Goosefoots can be difficult to identify but the oak shaped leaves on this one are quite distinctive.
Oak-leaved Goosefoot - Chenopodium glaucum
Irish Spurge just in the Devon side of Exmoor
Irish Spurge - Euphorbia hyberna
A massive highlight on a local scale was seeing this Salsify on a roadside verge just down the road near Woodbury.
Salsify - Tragopogon porrifolius
Also on Exmoor but just in Somerset this time...
Large-flowered Butterwort - Pinguicula grandiflora
We've seen Somerset Skullcap in the Mells Valley a couple of times but never in flower, this time it was only just coming into flower. This is a garden escape which has been naturalised in this location for many years and acquired the name of Somerset Skullcap. In Europe it is known as Tall Skullcap.
Somerset Skullcap - Scutellaria altissima
Narrow-leaved Bird's-foot Trefoil - Lotus glaber
Growing in a gateway on the outskirts of Studland Village.
Nettle-leaved Goosefoot - Chenopodium murale
Growing with other Goosefoots and Nettles on a massive manure heap at St. Aldhelm's Head. Although the leaves are clearly nettle-like this isn't enough to be positive on identification and I had to look at the seeds under a microscope to be sure.
Mudwort growing at Stanpit Marsh. The flowers are tiny but if you can get close enough to see them properly they are quite pretty too. Quite a challenge to photograph so I was very happy with these close ups.
Mudwort - Limosella aquatica
Toothed Medick - Medicago polymorpha
Growing on a wide roadside verge outside some houses on Portland. It has very distinctive toothed stipules. I didn't get very good photos of this so may try and get some better ones this year.
Also on Portland was this naturalised Hairy Bindweed which isn't really that hairy at all.
The flowers are amazing though because they really look like they have been painted, you can even see 'brush strokes'!
Hairy Bindweed - Calystegia pulchra
Hound's-tongue - Cynoglossum officinale
Growing in large swathes on Ballard Down
Marsh Gentian - Gentiana pneumonanthe
Growing in a bog at Studland.
I absolutely love seeing these, one of my all time favourites! I like to visit them every year if I can.