It's time for our plant of the week and this time we are taking a look at Crambe maritima (sea kale). Though in the wild it grows in coastal habitats, it does not require these conditions in order to thrive.
This week we take a look at another invaluable native tree species ~ Alnus glutinosa (Alder). Flowering in spring, with seed ripening in autumn, alder is a common sight in marsh and fen areas, alongside lakes and in wet areas of woods.
This week we take a look at plant many may be familiar with ~ Rheum rhabarbarum (Common Rhubarb). Though you may be aware that the stalks are edible, let's take a look at what else rhubarb has to offer.
It's time for another plant of the week and this time we are taking a look at the charming perennial, Trifolium pratense (Red Clover). Growing to 0.6 by 0.6 metres in height and spread, red clover typically flowers from late spring to early autumn. Commonly found growing in grassy areas, pastures, meadows and lawns, many may view this plant as a weed. However, they couldn't be further from the truth.
This week we take a look at what many people may consider a weed, Plantago sp. (Plantain). Most 'weeds' have a use for humans and wildlife and play a key role in natures cycle. The word weed really just means an unwanted plant.
This week we are taking a look at the delightful Rumex acetosa (Sorrel). Easily mistaken and mistreated as a weed due to its resemblance to dock plants (which are valuable plants in their own right), sorrel is a plant you definitely want to make the most of in your garden.
This week we are taking a look at one of my favourite trees ~ Salix (Willow). Blossoming in spring, willow is a great plant both aesthetically, for human use and as part of a wildlife garden.