Plant & Tree

Honesty

Honesty

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Honesty, known for it’s translucent, paperlike seed  discs in autumntime and it’s enchanting pink flowers in the spring.

It is said that it’s presence in gardens reflects the integrity of the gardener.

It likes to grow on banksides, in gardens and on meadow fringes.

Burdock

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The Burdocks  are now transforming into  hedgerow giants.  They’ve been raising their heads since March and seemingly growing a few inches every day.

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Hairy Bittercress

Hairy Bittercress

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This tasty nibble grows in walls and moist banksides. Good in sandwiches.

Ground Ivy

Ground Ivy

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With purple/pink little flowers, this plant covers the ground in hedgerows and meadows. The leaves smell mint like. It likes loamy and heavy clay soil.

Cuckoo Flower (Lady’s Smock)

Cuckoo Flower   (Lady’s Smock)

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Abundant at the moment, this fair pink flower grows in hedgerows and meadows in sandy and clay soil.

Comfrey

Comfrey

Common Comfrey with purple flowers

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Common Comfrey with purple flowers now appearing. Some types of Comfrey have pink or white flowers.

It grows in hedgerows, woodland edges and gardens in dappled shade.

Do not confuse with Foxglove which has similar leaves but very different flowers. Get to know the smell and texture of the leaves to tell them apart.

a, PLANT AND TREE IDENTIFICATION

Here be a selection of plants growing at the moment that are useful ones to know.

Our slow  journey of getting to know the plants started with carrying books of plant pictures wherever we went. Soon enough we knew the names and some uses for the more common hedgerow plants, and what had been a dull green swathe of weeds transformed into an abundant,alive,useful and ever exciting new realm to explore.

Once you start looking, and finding whats what, you will begin to relate with the growth around you, how it changes, how it can help you and how you can help it.

We will give uses of these plants in future posts. For further information about them, visit the Plants For A Future database and type the name into the search bar.

The plants are in alphabetical order.

Click on the images below to see them closer.

Ribwort Plantain

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Grows beside the path, known as Lord of the Ways.

Have a look at the PLANTAIN PROFILE for more information.