Archive of: Plants

  • Folklore - fleabane

    Folklore - fleabane

    Fleabane is so-called for its apparent ability to ward off fleas and throughout history it was dried, strewn or burnt in an effort to keep them at bay.

  • Bee Orchid

    Bee Orchid

    The Bee Orchid exploits male bees by promising them the one thing they value more than a good meal. The flowers do a passable impression of a stripy female bee, complete with furry body, outstretched wings and an irresistible female scent.

  • Wildflower photographer Kathryn Martin

    Wildflower photographer Kathryn Martin

    Photographer Kathryn Martin cares about the environment and began a project to identify and photograph wildflowers on a regular walk near her home in Southease, which are part of a series which form an exhibition. Some of the sales of these will support the work of Sussex Wildlife Trust.

  • Budburst


    April is a month of ‘more’ - more daylight, more buds, more leaves and more flowers, with more pollen and more sneezing for us hayfever sufferers, but the natural world is springing back to life. Some say that April is named after the Latin aperere, meaning “to open”, in reference to the profusion of bursting buds, unfurling leaves and blooming blossom.

  • A closer look at Frogbit

    A closer look at Frogbit

    Frogbit is a floating plant of freshwater. Its leaves look like a tiny water lily, but the flowers have just three delicate white petals.

  • Marshmallow at Rye Harbour

    Marshmallow at Rye Harbour

    We recently told our story of Marshmallow plants and its moth to Charlotte Smith on BBC Countryfile and we collected and then spread this year’s seed at Castle Water

  • Amazing Ivy

    Amazing Ivy

    Despite all the life it supports ivy has a reputation as a killer, its roots sucking the life from the trees it surrounds. This isn’t true