A winner on her debut at Lingfield last August, Bell Heather
unsurprisingly found eventual Group One winner Ventura Storm too good on her second juvenile outing, but her efforts had encouraged the handicapper to award her a mark of 80 at the start of 2016.
Plants include ling heather, bilberry, bell heather
, cross-leaved heath, crowberry, cranberry, cotton grasses and various mosses.
The choices were spotted rock-rose (Anglesey); cuckooflower (Brecknockshire); Snowdon lily (Caernarvonshire); wild leek (Cardiff); bog rosemary (Cardiganshire); whorled caraway (Carmarthenshire); limestone woundwort (Denbighshire); bell heather
(Flintshire); yellow whitlow-grass (Glamorgan); Welsh poppy (Merioneth); foxglove (Monmouthshire); spiked speedwell (Montgomeryshire); thrift (Pembrokeshire); Radnor lily (Radnorshire).
announces the brief blaze of colour on the Flintshire moors at the end of summer.
As you walk through the moorland note the heather which is made of three types - heather (ling) which grows on the dry tussocks, cross-leaved heather and bell heather
which grows in the damp hollows between the tussocks.
Flintshire Bell heather
(erica cinerea) which produces a blaze of colour on the moors at the end of summer.
That moody shot of the tall spikes of purple loosestrife against an evening sky where storm clouds are gathering features in the chapter dedicated to Wales along with images of the fiery yellow and purple of dwarf gorse and bell heather
on the Lleyn Peninsula, water crowfoot in Powys and the modest pennywort, being consumed by a banded snail in Cerigydidion.
uk More slowly but steadily the ling and bell heathers