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I haven’t checked what’s flowering along the local zigzag path for a while so I thought I’d take a look for this week’s Sunday wildflower post and #wildflowerhour on social media. Imagine my delight when I found these 14 species: Ragwort, Cinquefoil (a nice surprise), Creeping thistle, Hedge bindweed, Meadow crane’s-bill (which is doing really well since the Council stopped cutting the vegetation on this site), Common vetch, Red clover, Bramble species, Herb Robert, Field scabious, Tufted vetch (nice to see the two vetches in bloom), Winter helleborine (another nice, unexpectedly early surprise) [ed. heliotrope, not helleborine – thanks, Vicky!], Black medick, and Meadow buttercup.
Vicky Tomlinson said:
Did you mean Winter Heliotrope rather than Winter Helleborine? One of your photos was of the pale pink Winter Heliotrope which I have noticed has just started to flower here in South Pembrokeshire. It’s not a very pretty flower and a bit of an invasive thug since it was introduced here from North Africa, possibly by the Victorians. However it does have a lovely scent which brightens up a winter walk.
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Yes, Vicky, you are absolutely right, thank you. For some reason, I often mix up helleborine and heliotrope. It runs riot here too, but I rather like the mass of flowers and, as you say, the scent is pretty too.
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