My interest in wild flowers began when I was quite young. A book of wildflowers pressed at 11, still exists. The pleasure in finding a rare plant for the first time is almost spiritual.
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Wild Flowers.

Long-headed poppies-Tyrella
Oyster Plant is rare and decreasing, but still found sporadically on coarse shingle along the Down coast .
Purple saxifrage, one of Ireland’s rare plants. -photographed on limestone in Co.Sligo.
Rosa arvensis (above and below) has its N.I.headquarters in Stewartstown area, where the creamy white flowers are frequent in hedges
Herb Robert, a common flower, with a beauty of its own.
Cranberry grows in bogs around Lough Fea , These berries,almost ripe, were nestling in dried spagnum.
Sea Bindweed grows on Dune slacks close to Portballintrae
Rosa villosa, a pretty pale pink wild rose seems more common in Mid-Ulster than elsewhere
The common dog rose brightens hedges in early July, but is soon gone.
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A pretty and common flower of the Potentilla family
Looked at closely, even a spear thistle has real beauty
This dandelion was just asking for a photograph
Bitter Vetch,pretty and common,is often overlooked.
An attractive range of colours, in spagnum and sundew
Harebell-one of our prettiest late summer wildflowers, found on coastal dunes and heaths, and also inland on basalt rocks.
Lobelia dortmana (Water Lobelia), a rare semi-aquatic, appears some years in L.Fea, a few metres into the lake. .