My interest in wild flowers began when I was young. A book of wildflowers pressed when 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 found sporadically on coarse shingle along the Down coast from Annalong to St.John’s Point.
Purple saxifrage,one of Ireland’s rare plants. This one 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
A very common flower, with a beauty of its own.
Cranberry grows in bogs around Lough Fea , These berries,not quite ripe, are nestling in dried spagnum.
Sea Bindweed grows on Dune slacks quite close to Portballintrae
Rosa villosa, a very pretty pale pink wild rose which seems to be more common in Mid-Ulster than elsewhere
The common dog rose brightens hedges in early July but is soon gone.
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,is pretty and common -  often overlooked.
An attractive range of colours, in spagnum and sundew
One of our prettiest late summer wildflowers,found usually on coastal dunes and heaths, and also inland on basalt rocks.