Our first time on the Shining Shore since the lockdown began in March and we were so glad to be back there today. Walking in the hills and lanes and woodlands down to the Dee Shore around Thurstaston. So glad to see the sea and the coast after all this time.

Not that this was one of our semi-idle take a book and a picnic sort of walks. No, this was another one like at Childwall Abbey on Saturday where we were looking for wildflowers for Sarah’s much treasured ‘Identiplant’ horticulture course.

So the way we’re doing this blog post is that I’m setting it up and will place all the photographs in it, then Sarah will go through and add in some actual horticulture. So that way it will be an education for us all. Let’s go.

Along the lanes up to St Bartholomew’s church yard.

Scarlet pimpernel, Anagallis arvensis
The delightfully named ‘Fox-and-cubs’, Pilosella aurantiaca
Germander Speedwell, Veronica chamaedrys

Up high now from where we can see the Dee Estuary at full tide.

Along the top lane.

And down into the Dungeon, where a tree down at the entrance to the valley marks a magical entry point.

Horticulturalist at work.

Sarah is looking for a ‘third umbellifer’ for her assignment… and is wondering if she’s found one here. But no. So – along to Heswall Fields. Sarah has mentioned ‘Wild Carrot’…..

And here it is! With central flower a dark red (fading to pink here).
Wild Carrot, Daucus carota spp. carota
A happy horticulturalist.
Carrying a precious sample home.

And out onto the Shining shore itself.

Nearly done, except for one more treat.

There were literally hundreds of tiny frogs at the edge of the pond.
A quick study – of the much coveted Wild Carrot – before coming home.
And back home, ready for a proper look at the treasure.

Which was a lovely way to spend a Monday out exploring together.

Published by Ronnie Hughes

Writing about life, Liverpool and anything else that interests me. As well as working with others to make the world a fairer and kinder place: http://asenseofplace.com.

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