Bog star shines in the dunes . . . ALAN WRIGHT
winter yet. There are so many flowers still blooming in our garden at the moment – especially our fantastic stand of sweet peas. And wild flowers are colouring the landscape, too.
I was out on the dunes at St Annes over the weekend with 20 wonderful volunteers. We were trying to improve the chances of rare plants growing after the devastating fire over the summer.
The problem is that some of the plants that are now growing on the ravaged soil are quite common while rarities are still hiding in the seed bank. So we were roughing up the sand to make it easier for those plants to thrive next year.
Despite that carnage, plants like the Isle of Man cabbage, which grows on the dunes, is showing in some areas, although it is not as widespread as usual. In fact, we only saw one of two blooms blowing in the seaside breeze.
This plant is quite spectacular with its four-leafed yellow flower, which can rise about a foot out of a rosettes of leaves, that actually look like rocket.
In between the tea and cake stall and the fire site, I spotted some white flowers.
These were grass-ofParnassus – and that is really exciting. I had heard of these beautiful flowers on one of our Pennine moorland reserves but I had forgotten they are also found on the dunes.
I think this was my first encounter with a
Grass of Parnsassus at St Annes