Tuesday, 12 June 2018


I was rather sceptical when Heather told me her wildflower order from Naturescape included Hogweed (a.k.a. Cow Parsnip). Why not a more dainty native umbellifer, like Sweet Cicely or even Cow Parsley, I thought. But I'm won over now. It's a very structural plant and a great hit with the local honey bees (bumble bees seem less attracted).

Not to be confused with the Russian interloper Giant Hogweed (that the media was all in a flap about recently), our native Common Hogweed 'only' grows to about 6 ft rather than 18 ft.

While we're on native flowers not usually granted space in the garden, here's a picture of a 'weed' that turned up uninvited in the pond margin:
Prickly sow-thistle

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