I've been nagged by a friend for weeks to go and visit a heritage road verge (aka linear botanical nature reserve) about 10 miles north. Having been gallivanting about the country I've not had time until today.
And blimey it is a stunner. Wish I'd gone a few weeks ago, as the plants were a bit past their best (and I was fighting against a persistent, gusty wind today when trying to take photos. Gah). 3 new ticks on my botanical list though.
Honeydon verge (GR TL128582-129588) is a unique example of unimproved grassland with 3 nationally scarce species: sulphur clover (Trifolium ochroleucron), crested cow-wheat (Melampyrum cristatum) and spiked star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum pyrenaicum).
I checked Abbott's seminal Flora Bedfordiensis (p.75) and even in 1798 spiked star of Bethlehem was considered rare (but in the same area as it is found now).
Here are my attempts at some pictures:
Spiked star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum pyrenaicum)
Sulphur clover (Trifolium ochroleucron)
More info on spiked star of Bethlehem is here.