Wild flowers in the dunes near Mandalay, Southwold

It’s always a surprise to find just how many wild flowers there are hidden in the marram grass of the sand dunes, but they are there if you look hard enough.

Today I have found sea peas in abundance, with their tiny bluey-purple and white flowers, the bright yellow and orange tiny flowers of birds foot trefoil, and big clumps of yellow, but unfortunately rather poisonous ragwort. In the highest point of the dunes is a bigger surprise: a pink rose, probably rosa rugosa, apparently thriving in neat sand.

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