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Plants in the Wild: To the woods

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Started by: Mel Linney

My aim with this thread is to encourage would be amateur botanisers to improve their skills with local plants armed with a field guide. Good luck and happy hunting.

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Contribution from Mel Linney 27 May 2010, 20:55top / bottom of page

To a lesser degree Ragged Robin Lychnis flos-cuculi and Cuckoo Flower Cardamine pratensis.

The final selection is a peas pudding of common legumes. Have a go at identification.

Contribution from Mel Linney 27 May 2010, 21:26top / bottom of page

Contribution from Tim Ingram 07 January 2012, 10:44top / bottom of page
Blean Woods, Canterbury

Mel - have just found this super thread and it tempts me to put a few photos of Anemone nemorosa in Blean Woods near Canterbury, taken last spring. I have mentioned this on the NARGS forum and it seems that such stands of one species are rare in American woodland. I think this is quite unusual even here and more normally we find mixed communities of anemone, bluebell and celandine, especially under coppice. In Beth Chatto's woodland garden she has cleverly introduced a few more special plants, such as trilliums, into such a natural area and this works beautifully.

Blean Woods, Canterbury

Contribution from Mel Linney 09 January 2012, 20:13top / bottom of page


We have Anemone nemorosa in woods around South Yorkshire but sadly not our own in Wombwell. Also where they do appear they are a lot less numerous. That said since the demise of the Coal and Steel industries we are enjoying Flora and Fauna not usually seen in our neck of the woods. Last year probably the first Bee Orchid in our area was spotted by the side of the road, obviously the limestone used as a foundation for the road has made all the difference. This selection of plants are just a few that have found a new home in Wombwell.

Sainfoin and Mellilot by the side of the road

Goats Rue on the Trans Pennine Trail.

Flowering Rush at Gipsey Marsh.

Contribution from Tim Ingram 19 February 2013, 10:53top / bottom of page
Lorendon Woods

Not far from us in Faversham is a small woodland left to the local village by a benefactor. It is a lovely and quiet place to walk and has the special benefit of having extensive naturalised colonies of snowdrops. Even though these look glorious in the garden, they can never approach the delight of seeing them naturalised en masse like this. In one area they have colonised a deep depression surrounded by trees and look particularly good. There is not great variation, just singles and doubles, and the fascination comes from all the different situations they have developed throughout the woodland. Plenty of narcissus and bluebells come along afterwards, and those lucky enough to have a garden which merges with woodland must have thoughts of planting like this - a gentle foray into the woods.

Down the road is a fine Elizabethan Mansion which just cries out for a more interesting garden. A few snowdrops wouldn't make a bad start!

Lorendon Woods

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