As I was photographing the beautiful early Summer flora on the North Coast, it occurred to me that some of these tough salt-tolerant plants are not given the recognition they deserve by casual passers-by.
- Sea Beet is pretty abundant in East Anglia and is the ancestor of Sugar Beet, Chard and Beetroot
- Sea Kale was formerly widely eaten, being prepared either like collards or asparagus
- Horned Poppy is a beautiful but toxic plant: it was an important treatment for stomach ailments in the past
- Wild Celery grows beside the paths on the Cley and Titchwell reserves: I often nibble a stalk!
- Tree Lupins are very much a feature of the walk out to Blakeney Point: they are a non-native species, but play a role in fixing atmospheric nitrogen into poor soils.