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!


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.

There are several projects to join in with.

You can find more information by clicking links in the sidebar.

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.

Indeed almost everything about Loose and Leafy is erratic. Sometimes I have a good idea and put it into practice. Sometimes I say I'll do something and don't. (Like promise to post a series of pictures or write a 'Part Two' but it never happens.) For this I only half apologise. I don't really know why I write this blog. It sort of crept up on me. I don't think there's another quite like it. But I do hope you like it and enjoy it and want to read it lots.  (And put up with me when I forget to answer comments . .  or only some . . . Be assured though that I read and appreciate them all.)

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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.)

And you might like to take a look at my other blog too
where there are photos of plants and stones and household objects . . . and nearly always a new photograph every day.