Norwich - a new botanical hotspot?!

Since I've returned from our trip a week ago I've had cause to visit urban Norwich 3 times for some botanical treasures. The city is fast becoming a new botanical hotspot!

While I was away I got news that some Man Orchids had been found on the edge of the city which constitute the first record in East Norfolk VC. I popped along as soon as I could and was delighted to find 3 plants (2 large, 1 small) still in pretty good condition.

Then, acting on tip-offs from the ever active local botanist Louis Parkerson I had a few hours walking 2 main areas in the city centre clocking up all the plants he'd given me directions to - Whorl-grass, Olive Willow, Russian Sage, Fig-leaved Goosefoot and Tall Willowherb. Into the bargain I also found quite a few plants of Shaggy Soldier not far from the cathedral which was another new one for me. 

My 3rd visit was to nearly the same spot as the Man Orchids (c200 yards away) where James Emerson had found some Carthusian Pink plants and beside them I also found Rose Campion. This nice little area also held Hounds-tongue, Common Cudweed and Hoary Mullien.

                                                                                                                                   Man Orchids
                                                                                                                                       Olive Willow
                                                                                                                                Fig-leaved Goosefoot

                                                                                                                                     Tall Willowherb
                                                                                                                                  Shaggy Soldier

                                                                                                                                   Carthusian Pink
                                                                                                                                    Rose Campion
                                                                                                                                Hoary Mullien

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