Grass of parnassus
Round leaved wintergreen
On Monday with the children in tow because of a teacher training day I took them to Holy island. With one wanting to go to the beach and one to the village we had to compromise and take a third each. The snook being my favoured part, it is probably the most important botanical sites in the county. Above are a couple of specialised plants that grow in the dune slacks. There are hundreds of plants in flower but I need a day to myself up there to have a good look. There were dozens of Dark green fritillaries on the wing and hundreds of Marsh helleborines. The flower of Seaside centaury (above) is not very sharp but you can make out the leathery rosette base leaves. They are tiny plants but most of them have clusters of flowers but this one only had the one.