Coastal Wildflowers

There’s only so much you can do in a greenhouse during a wet weekend and so after I’d taken our dog Ollie for a very damp walk this afternoon, I decided to try and identify the wildflowers I photographed last weekend in Wales – I think I’ve got most of them!

Ferns, gorse and heather on the coastal path

We had joined two of our good friends at the cottage – they are keen walkers and Neil had bought a guide to circular walks encompassing parts of the coast in Cardigan Bay. It had rained during the morning, but with the afternoon came the sun and it was warm but breezy – perfect for walking. We chose to do Walk 6 – starting and finishing at Cwmtydu, a small but picturesque cove a few miles south of New Quay.

Cwmtydu in Ceredigion

The walk took us through woodland (and a challenging climb up to St Tysilio church), along a riverside and through natural wildflower meadows before emerging out onto the coastal path.

Grasses, thistles and ragwort in a meadow close to the coast

The most enjoyable part of the walk was the last mile along the coast, not because the finish line was in sight, but because the wildness, the flora and the views were exhilarating.

Betony (Stachys officinalis) growing amongst grasses and yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

I’m not terribly keen on heights and have been known to avoid coastal path walks – but keeping away has meant I’ve missed out. A few deep breaths and averting the eyes at the steepest edges (although the jelly leg sensation wasn’t wholly avoided!) was a successful strategy and I concentrated on the wonderful plants and flowers growing in abundance.

Sea Mayweed (Tripleurospermum maritimum) amongst the rocks on the cliff top
Common heather (calluna vulgaris) growing freely along the coastal path
Wild thyme (Thymus serpyllum) growing low to the ground

The end of the walk brought us to the beach at Cwmtydu, ready for home and the barbecue Neil and Ange had planned – a great afternoon followed by a good meal, a few drinks and lots of laughs!

Sea mayweed growing with common ragwort (senecio jacobaea)
The walkers, Chris, Neil, Ange, me – and our uncooperative dog Ollie!

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