Until July 2017, documenting the seasons of coastal Dorset. I'm a complete amateur so don't trust I'm always right. If ever you see I'm wrong - whether with identifications or in anything else - do say! Meanwhile . . . I've now moved to Halifax in West Yorkshire. Click on the link below to collect the new URL. Don't forget to follow there!


Wild plants and insects, gardens and occasional book reviews.
Projects for readers to take part in:- Tree Following, Stuck Foot and Street Plants Posts.

Fold the South Coast of England in half and you'll find Weymouth - with Dorchester a little to the north. That's the part of Dorset where I live. LOOSE AND LEAFY describes and documents the hedgerows and coastal plants of the area. I go for walks and tell you what I see. I poke at seaweeds and get close to insects. Sometimes I visit a garden but the focus is mainly on the wild (and that includes plants which grow in kerbs and drains and on the edges of pavements - cities and towns are not excluded).

Please note - I am nothing but an amateur. Mistakes creep in from time to time. If you come across a mis-identification let me know; really. And if you have interesting information to add - do tell us in the comment boxes attached to the end of each post. Don't worry if you are brief (it's good to hear from you) but feel free to say a lot too. This is an opportunity to pass on knowledge and information.


Loose and Leafy in Halifax is a new blog to reflect a new location; urban, post-industrial (plus an allotment) instead of hedgerows and seashore.

Halifax Street Plant Posts will be in the first week of every month. 
Halifax Tree Following Posts in the second week.
Allotment Posts in the Third week and 
Stuck Foot Posts in the Fourth.

At the top of the page you'll see a tab which says 'Identifying Things'. There you'll find links to other sites in no particular order. I simply add them as I go along if I think they are useful or fun to browse. Entries are idiosyncratic; additions are erratic. That page will stay here but not be added to so for the full list (the list that continues to grow!) go to 'Identifying Things' on Loose and Leafy in Halifax.

Comments here are still open.
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If you'd like to use any of the pictures - there's information about this under the 'Use of Photos' tab. (I'm quite encouraging.)
You might like to take a look at my photo blog:
where there are photos of plants and stones and household objects . . . and nearly always a new photograph every day.