see a World in a grain of sand,
And Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour
25 May 2019
23 May 2019
Valerian, Tree Mallow, Thrift &Sea
Hoary Cress, Sea Kale, Tree Mallow
Shoreham Beach East, Lancing Widewater Beach
On Widewater flood plain, the yellow dandelion-like plants were Cats Ear.
White fluffy Cumulus clouds allowed intermittent sunshine brought frequent butterflies out on the lower slopes of Mill Hill. Wild Mignonette was in flower. The first Dropwort appeared on its tall stalk above the short green vegetation.
Mignonette, Dropwort, Hounds-tongue
Horseshoe Vetch & Milkwort, Bladder Campion
I noted the meadow north of the upper car park was now covered in Brambles and the vegetation already up to chest height. I did not venture in as it was getting late in the afternoon. The middle slopes immediately south of the Copse had patches of Horseshoe Vetch and the first Bladder Campion was just about flowering. Crosswort was recorded for the first time (it is easily overlooked) on Mill Hill. Hawthorn was beginning to lose its blossom as Elderflower was beginning.
20 May 2019
Hairy Violet, Bulbous Buttercup
the following wild flowers for the first time this year: Rough
Hawkbit, Mouse-eared Hawkweed, Hairy
Rose and the first flowering on Mill
Hill of the large shrubby Hounds-tongue.
The smaller than usual amount of flowering
Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa,
was disappointing, with none around the Tor
Grass, which appears to have spread. Dog
Violets were still flowering.
19 May 2019
Welted Thistle ,
Slender Thistle and Poppies,
Garlic Mustard ,Yellow Flag 
18 May 2019
Hawthorn, Water Dropwort, Holly
Star of Bethlehem ? Bird's Foot Trefoil
Downs Link Cyclepath just north of the Tollbridge
Elderflower was beginning to flower as Wayfaring Tree was losing its flowers on the verges of the Downs Link Cyclepath just north of the Tollbridge, where an Holly Tree was seen with its small white flowers. Slender Thistle was flowering by the River Adur by Ropetackle North with the first single flower of Welted Thistle, but no flowers yet of Spear Thistle or Creeping Thistle.
14 May 2019
Ox-eye Daisy , Columbine 
13 May 2019
Foot Trefoil, Milkwort
with Horseshoe Vetch
Blackthorn was in leaf at Cuckoo's Corner and Hawthorn was in flower. Cow Parsley was dominating the verges with Garlic Mustard elongated so it appears that it has lost its top leaves (but it is not so). The biennial plant grows taller and takes on a spiky appearance. Red Campion and White Campion produced the prettiest colour in the verges, but there were also very large-leaved Dandelions, and both the tall Meadow Buttercups and the ground hugging Creeping Buttercups. Welsh Poppy and Yellow Flag were seen in flower.
7 May 2019
Seen in the flickr group Flora of the British Isles: A Photographic Guide
Towpath next to Ricardo
2 May 2019
Vetch & Milkwort, Holly
Sedge & Salad Burnet, Carline Thistle
1 May 2019
Cow Parsley & Alexanders
Green Alkanet, Germander Speedwell
Adur Levels, south of the Flyover
30 April 2019
Pansy, White Campion
Pill Box Way Bank
The first flowering colonisers on the exposed Pill Box Way Bank were the predictable Oil Seed Rape, hundreds of White Campion, scores of Hoary Cress, a surprise (probably seeded?) group of the violet Field Pansy, Viola arvensis, at least one Pineapple Weed, and plenty of leaf flora not yet in bloom. It will be interesting to see what flowers emerge? At the side of the exposed towpath from the Tollbridge to Cuckoo's Corner, there were plenty of Stinging Nettles, plus flowering Cow Parsley and White Deadnettle the most noticeable flora. On the shady verges of the Coombes Road there was the common Garlic Mustard. Red Campion and Bluebells were frequent and noted especially underneath the raucous Rook nest canopy.
Slender Thistle, Garlic Mustard, Red Campion, Bugle
The Downs Link Cyclepath from Botolphs back to Shoreham (as the shadows grew longer) was not worthy of copious notes, except the expected Cowslips on the verges, newly flowering Hawthorn and Wayfaring Tree in the green hedge-like boundaries, areas of Three Cornered Garlic, clumps of Bugle, and just the large leaves of Coltsfoot. Adur Recreation Ground was densely covered in Common Daisies near the Railway Viaduct. Slender Thistle was seen for the first time this year on the western pavement side of the road bridge over the Flood Arches.
25 April 2019
Alkanet, Cow Parsley, Garlic Mustard
White Deadnettle, Ramsons, Broad Bean, Ground Ivy
Near Cuckoo's Corner, Coombes Road
24 April 2019
Vetch, Cowslips, Milkwort,
Dog Violets, Hawthorn, Dandelion
22 April 2019
Medick, Common Vetch, Thrift
Dove's Foot Cranesbill, Mouse-ear
Widewater Flood Plain
19 April 2019
Flower (= Lady's Smock) at Woods Mill
Wood Anemone, Dog Violet at Tottington Woods
18 April 2019
Dandelion, Common Daisy
Widewater Flood Plain (east of the bridge)
17 April 2019
Speedwell, Cowslips, Ground
Common Milkwort, Ploughman's Spikenard (dead)
15 April 2019
Mustard, Spanish Bluebells, Primroses
lost its flowers and Hawthorn was budding at Cuckoo's
Corner, but further up the Coombes Road by Ladywells
Stream and the scout's hut (Streamside), Blackthorn
was still flowering. Garlic Mustard
was beginning to flower on the Coombes Road verges as well as the first
of the Spanish Bluebells.
Celandine was still prevalent on the verges,
with the first of the Cow Parsley amongstthe
11 April 2019
Dog Violets on the lower slopes of Mill Hill
10 April 2019
Salad, Annual Wall Rocket
Shoreham Pavement Weeds
Blackthorn dominated the white blossom plentiful in the hedgerows and amongst the scrub on the downs. Cherry Plum had virtually finished and so had the early Blackthorn, but Hawthorn was yet to flower in the wild. Alexanders were abundant as usual near the River Adur. There were abundant White Deadnettle and smaller clumps of Red Deadnettle.
Three Cornered Garlic, Lesser Celandine
Downs Link Cyclepath
common on the verges of the Downs Link Cyclepath
between the Erringham Gap and the Cement Works. These verges also hosted
Celandine, Dandelions, Coltsfoot,
Speedwell and Three
Cornered Garlic, Allium
triquetrum. Cows Parsley
flowering in one plant on the banks of the
at Upper Beeding by Dacre Gardens. Green
was found by the Waterworks
Road, Old Shoreham, and at Cuckoo's Corner.
Garlic Mustard was just appearing on the Coombes Road verges near Cuckoo's Corner. The small Dove's Foot Cranesbill was scattered over a few grass verges.
Ranunculus ficaria has become Ficaria verna
29 March 2019
in the Shade
Road to Lancing College
25 March 2019
(Picture from 8 April 2019)
A Common Bee-fly visited the first few Cowslips on the the verges of the Downs Link Cyclepath south of the Cement Works. False Oxlip was also present in one clump.
24 March 2019
Kingston Buci Beach
19 March 2019
Marsh Marigold, Sweet Violets, Lesser Celandine
14 March 2019
Spurge, Euphorbia, has escaped from the gardens and has begun successfully colonising the beach near Ferry Road, Shoreham. It looks reasonably attractive but it could become dominant.
Oxford Ragwort was clearly seen in flower by the railway tracks at Eastern Avenue level crossing, Shoreham-by-Sea, as I waited in the rain for three trains to pass.
8 March 2019
(Photograph 30 March 2019)
1 March 2019
At last, the first flowers appeared on the verges of the Downs Link Cyclepath between Old Shoreham (south) and Shoreham Cement Works with just a couple of clumps of False Oxlip and Spring Snowflake, Leucojum vernum (looking like a larger than life Snowdrop) nearer the southern end. This is possibly a Double-flowered Snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis Flore Pleno, Two yellow Coltsfoot were in their usual place on the first verge south of the Cement Works. Cherry Plum blossom appeared with their bright orange anthers on a solitary tree.
15 February 2019
Snowdrops at Coombes
12 February 2019
Hawkweed Ox-tongue was my first wild flower of the year by the cyclepath at Old Shoreham, south of the Tollbridge.
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Pre-Summer Solstice Wild Flower Reports 2018
Adur Nature Reports 2018
Parts of a Flower
A Layman's Guide to British Wild Flowers
Wild Flower Society
List of the vascular plants of Britain and Ireland
Alphabetical LIst of British Wild Plants
Sussex Wild Flora
& Fauna on Chalk
Dandelions & their ilk
Link Cyclepath at Old Shoreham (north of the Tollbridge)
 Anchor Bottom
 Downs Link Cyclepath between the Flyover and the Cement Works (dis)
 Downs Link Cyclepath by Annington Sewer
 Downs Link Cyclepath by Ropetackle North
 Coombes Road near Cuckoo's Corner
Plant Ecology (book)
Interactive Flora of the British Isles: DVD ROM