Category: We Love ….

We Love … Chickweed

Chickweed is a familiar garden weed recognisable by its tiny white flowers. The seeds were once fed to birds, chickens love it, which is how the plant earned its common name. Its latin name, Stellaria Media, comes from the star-like flowers. Chickweed is a highly nutritious plant that grows nearly […]

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We Love … Primroses

Primroses are an early sign of spring and an important nectar source for butterflies. Primrose is a small, perennial woodland plant that grows no more than 10cm high. Blooming in March and April, they are one of the first woodland plants to come into flower. The flowers are a deep […]

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We Love … Gorse

Gorse is great for foragers as it flowers all year round Common gorse (Ulex europeaus) is a hardy evergreen shrub which grows to around 1.5 metres high by 1.5 metres wide. It is a member of the Legume family, a nitrogen fixing plant which is commonly known as whin here […]

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We Love … Rosehips

Roses are a traditional country garden favourite but the flowers and hips are edible. Roses grow best in fertile, well-drained soils in a sunny position. They do best with regular mulching and feeding. Roses do well in waterlogged soil and few flowers are produced if the plant is grown in […]

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We Love … Hawthorn

Ne’er cast a clout ’til May is out. So goes the old addage but it isn’t referring to the month of May as many think, it refers to the blossom of the May Tree – better known in the UK as Hawthorn. The hawthorn’s May blossom marks the end of […]

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We Love … Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is a vigorous plant which likes to spread itself about and can grow up to two feet high, so you do have to keep your eye on it, but the bees love it. Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), is a member of the mint family, and like mint, the […]

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We Love … Comfrey

Comfrey is a remarkable plant which every garden should grow If you have a garden, grow comfrey! Comfrey has very deep roots, which means it can get at nutrients from deep in the soil. These nutrients are stored in the leaves and by letting them break down, you’ll have a […]

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We Love – Scurvy Grass

Well, maybe love is a bit of an exaggeration but this plant is plentiful at the moment and can add a kick to salads and pesto. This common coastal plant got its name from the fact that sailors used to salt it down to access the masses of Vitamin C […]

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We Love … Spinach

References to Popeye the Sailorman might be a little outdated in the 21st century but those who remember the mid 20th century will remember him – and the miraculous effect that spinach had on his strength! While those effects might be a little exaggerated, there is still lots to love […]

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We Love … Drinks Can Birdfeeder

Feeding the birds at this time of year is really important. Most insects are not plentiful yet and the birds are starting to make nests ready for breeding. They need all the energy they can get and we can help themm by putting the right food out for them. Birdfeeders […]

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