What a fabulous winter’s day, all cloudless blue sky and frost. I went down to Earlsferry and walked along the beach.
At the far end, there seems to have been quite an erosion of sand.
I went looking for the Sea Kale, Crambe maritima, and couldn’t find it. Washed away? Or underground for winter? I found a dead seed stalk and an ambiguous kind of green spike which just might be a sign that it’s still there.
Yesterday, out doing a general list with the plant ladies at Kilminning, I found a stiff little fern growing in a crevice in the rock. Margaret named it – Sea spleenwort, Asplenium marinum.
I also found a tall sedge, which we think is False Fox Sedge, Carex otrubae. Growing in a pool of scummy water behind the rocks at the shore.
I don’t know one sedge from another, so maybe this is a good place to start. But what are “shiny utricles”?
Such a lovely day to be out – sea sparkling, and we saw a hummingbird hawk-moth.
I’m also going to include a picture from a few weeks ago, when I was out with the wild flower group at Earlsferry. At the end of the beach was this huge plant of Sea kale, Crambe maritima, with its strange bladder-like fruits.