We didn’t really need to drive nearly 2000 miles round France to find beautiful beaches this July. Last week we spent a few days enjoying the Suffolk coast. Covehithe has beautiful golden sands and fossils too. Because you approach it down a long track not many people seem to find it.
Blake Morrison, the author and poet loved this isolated beach. He wrote: ‘Sand martins build their nests in the thinning cliffs, and as you walk by they wheel above. Other birds, too, seem to thrive around here – not just the geese flying over in their bomber formations but marsh harriers and meadow pipits. Whenever I’m tempted to list the qualities of Covehithe as a series of negatives – no radios, no jetskis, no parasols, no slot machines and very few people – I remember the birds, the waft of herbs from the cliff and the tide between my toes. It’s a place of melancholy that teaches you what it means to be alive’.
I didn’t find any fossils, just some lovely stones, including one which looks like a chunk of amber. So the colours of the beach pebbles and the wild flowers of the Suffolk coast inspired my vase today; grasses of course, including fluffy pink Pennisetum villosum and buff coloured, Hordeum jubatum, the washed out colours of ‘immortelles”, some fennel which grows wild in the sandy lanes round the coast and some sea holly were the basis for it.
Saponaria officinalis or ‘Bouncing-Bet’ grows wild round the Suffolk lanes too. It is very invasive in the garden but I do love the white form. The orange goatsbeard or crepis is also native here. I have grown the pink annual Crepis rubra for the first time this year and I think it is very pretty.
I don’t grow wild thistles in the garden but Centaurea americana is a sort of thistle. Last year I grew a buff- coloured one called ‘Aloha blanca’ which was lovely.
|This year I have ‘Aloha Rose’ which is gorgeous too.
I love the little daisy flowers of Helipterum roseum above, and I don’t even object to the non-Latin name, ‘Paper Daisy’ because that it is what it feels like when it is dry. It stays fresh-looking all year round.
Another wild flower which looks good enough to grow in the garden is scabious. This year I have grown a yellow one called Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Fata Morgana’. Again this is new this year but is going to be a favourite.
I believe Cathy is in Scotland at the moment but nevertheless she is still hosting her popular meme, ‘In a vase on Monday’ and celebrating it with gorgeous dahlias. Do go and see. And now I have to catch up with everyone and see what my blogging friends have been up to whilst I was away.