Country diary: A rare floral resident on the cliffs
Yesnaby, Orkney: Scottish primroses grow only in a few remote spots and finding them is a matter of local knowledgeThe Yesnaby cliffs, where waves dash themselves against rock, are also home to quieter natural delights. Turning one's back to the drama of the sea, one can find - in an otherwise unremarkable patch of boggy ground - an outpost of one of Orkney's rarest floral residents: the Scottish primrose. It's a minutely detailed little wildflower, with heart-shaped petals of mauve and gold. The whole plant, roots and all, could fit inside a teacup.Scottish primroses grow only in a few remote spots along the north coast of Scotland. Finding them is a matter of local knowledge. Earlier this summer, I found this colony after following very specific instructions to park in a particular passing place, and take so many steps south. A treasure hunt, with this tiny posy as my prize. Then I came to admire their first flowering. Now I hope to catch the final inflorescence of the year. Continue reading...
Celý článek: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/sep/29/country-diary-a-rare-floral-resident-on-the-cliffs
Zdroj: The Guardian
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