Switching on the Christmas lights in Westbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset. Saturday 6th December 2014. With Mungo Jerry (Ray Dorset) and The Jimmy Hillbillies.
This year I had decided not to bother photographing any Dorset pink poppy fields. Having taken photos of opium poppies every year since 2015, I simply felt that I’d had my fill.
Are these the first Dorset field poppies of 2022? I was out and about today and chanced upon these Dorset red poppies,...
Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) has got to be one of the weirdest looking plants there is, certainly in this country. Not only that, it’s highly poisonous, smells sickly sweet and only flowers biennially (every two years). Once seen, never forgotten.
Sunshine, steam and motorbikes… what’s not to like?!
We are lucky in Dorset because we have what is possibly the best site for early spider-orchids in the UK. Ophrys sphegodes is also the first orchid to flower each year, heralding the start of the ‘orchid season.’ This year, I also found a woodcock orchid x Fly orchid hybrid, growing on a steep, Dorset hillside.
There are an estimated 20,000 pasqueflower plants (Pulsatilla vulgaris) growing at Barnsley Warren SSSI, in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire.