17th April


Our highest local point in a rainshower.


Torrential rain most of the day. Some sleet gave light relief.

Last year I followed the progress of a single specimen of False Salmonberry - Rubus spectabilis. Today I was astonished to find a swathe of these plants that extended for around 50m.

Originally introduced to give cover and food for game birds, I strongly suspect that these plants are dangerously invasive.

The plants are biennial, so I must have missed the original specimen in its first year. The newly flowering specimens are all more than 150 cm wide by 150 cm tall, and are very robust.

Two shots of the Field Horsetail - Equisetum arvense. Fruiting shoot to the left and sterile shoot to the right.


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