Wild carrot (Daucus carota subsp. carota) is in bloom right now. It is the wild relative of the cultivated carrot.
This week’s blog features two different Plantain species. Both of them are salt tolerant, but their distributions are not the same.
There’s always something new to look for. ‘Truffles’ on a gum tree were an unexpected lock-down garden find.
If you go down to the River Esk today you may be in for a visual surprise. At the base of an alder, crack willow or poplar on the river bank there may be a startling carpet of intense purple flowers with the exotic appearance of an orchid, but stemless, emerging straight out of the ground.
You may never have seen the Yellow Star of Bethlehem but you can read about it here.
It’s nearly time for Lesser Celandines to be in flower. Another sign of Spring.
This week, we make a seasonal offering of mistletoe. Focussing on the only species which occurs in the UK, but mentioning more flamboyant tropical species.
Yew, Taxus baccata, is a long-lived native tree. Some trees are thought to be 1000s of years old. All parts of the plant are toxic apart from the fleshy aril which surrounds the seed. The anti-cancer drug Taxol has been developed from paclitaxel, produced by many Taxus species.
They say that ‘when gorse is out of bloom, kissing’s out of fashion’. Read about gorse, a plant which is both useful and a pest.
Maria Chamberlain writes about the history and symptoms of ergotism, and the life cycle and management of the fungus which causes it.