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Is This The Only Pasqueflower At Martin Down?

Pasqueflower plant (Pulsatilla vulgaris) at Martin Down, on the Hampshire/Dorset border. Photo taken April 2021.

For the last three years I have been photographing a pasqueflower (Pulsatilla vulgaris) at Martin Down, on the Hampshire/Dorset border. During that time I have only ever found this same plant, even though reports on the Web show there used to be a few more.

Is this the only remaining pasqueflower plant left at Martin Down?

Pasqueflowers At Barnsley Warren, 2021

A single pasqueflower blooming at Barnsley Warren Nature Reserve, Gloucestershire

A solitary pasqueflower (Pulsatilla vulgaris) on the hillside at Barnsley Warren SSSI, Gloucestershire. It's said there are about 20 thousand pasqueflower plants here, so in a couple of weeks or so this hillside should be full of the nodding purple heads of these enchanting flowers.

A Guide To The Best Autumn Colours In The New Forest

A guide to the best autumn colours in the New Forest.

In the past, having visited only one or two specific areas of the New Forest to see the autumn colours, this time I wanted to find the 'best' places. Of course there are lots of bits of the Forest that look great in the autumn but - and this is subjective of course - I think that beech trees put on the best display.

The Sun Rises Over ‘In Memoriam’ at Sandbanks

In Memoriam, by Luke Jerram

The sun rising over 'In Memoriam', an art installation at Sandbanks, Poole, by artist Luke Jerram.

Comprising a giant sea of flags made from 100 bedsheets, the installation symbolically reflects those who have passed away from COVID-19. Arranged in the form of a medical logo, 'In Memoriam' also pays tribute to the brave NHS staff members and volunteers who continue to risk their lives during this pandemic.

Pink Opium Poppy Fields Dorset 2020

2020 pink poppy fields Dorset.

2020 wasn't a great year for Dorset pink poppy fields. After a few days of sun, the weather suddenly changed and wind and rain quickly ruined most of the poppies.

Dorset Red Poppies

Dorset Red Poppies, 2020

Following on from my previous post about red poppy fields in Dorset, here are more photos of Dorset red poppies in 2020.

On the day I took these photos the sun was starting to set and the wind was blowing gently, creating a gorgeous, swirling sea of flowers.

Red Poppy Fields Dorset, 2020

White campion and red poppies in Dorset, 2020.

So far I've found four (possibly five) fields of Dorset red poppies in 2020, but they are only just beginning to flower. Here's a taster of some Papaver rhoeas, flowering in a field of beautiful white campion (Silene latifolia).

Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchids)

Phalaenopsis (moth orchid).

At this time of year I would normally be out in an ancient wood or hillside photographing flowers. Due to the lockdown that's not possible, of course, so I decided the flowers would come to me instead. I chose to photograph some beautiful and ethereal Phalaenopsis (moth orchids).

Pasqueflowers at Martin Down Nature Reserve, 2020

Pasqueflower in bud at Martin Down Nature Reserve, March 2020.

Following last year's discovery of a solitary pasqueflower at Martin Down Nature Reserve, I was anxiously waiting to see if the same plant would re-appear in 2020. Well, I'm pleased to report that it has made it through to another year. There may well have been other pasqueflowers too, but I didn't get the chance to find out.

Beales closed after 139 years

Beales Bournemouth closed after 130 years of trading.

Today I went to have a look at Bournemouth town centre. My sole reason for going was because of the impact of coronavirus – to see how deserted it might be, not to go shopping. I also wanted to say ‘goodbye’ to department store chain Beales, who are closing down after 139 years of trading.

George Michael Memorial Garden, Highgate

George Michael Memorial Garden, Highgate, London. August 2017.

In August 2017 I went to London to have a look around the now derelict Highgate railway station. Afterwards, whilst wandering around Highgate, I chanced upon a memorial garden outside George Michael's house that had been created by fans of the singer. They also look after the garden.