With the gardening on hold during the recent cold weather I have turned to baking some comfort food.
Monday, 12 April 2021
Thursday, 1 April 2021
Sunday, 21 March 2021
Wednesday, 17 March 2021
|Mahonia aquifolium - Oregon Grape|
Following the appearance of the colstfoot and lesser celandine featured in my earlier post, I have been alert to other new flower arrivals along the canal bank. You don't have to look too hard to spot this - one of the first to flower in the hedgerow. And once I have spotted that I know to expect this too:
|Salix caprea - Goat Willow|
|Prunus cerasifera - Cherry-Plum|
Monday, 15 March 2021
Monday, 8 March 2021
Yesterday I came across these two, the first wildflowers of the year.
The second new arrival is the flower of Coltsfoot. Tussilago farfara. In this case the flowering stalk emerges from unseen rhizomes before the leaves. It is the shape of the leaves that give it it's common name. The latin name comes from its reputation for easing coughs. Tussis = cough.
Both have a foothold on the grassy bank of the Union Canal that links Edinburgh to Falkirk.