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Plant Spotlight - Gorse

Oh the smell of Gorse on a sunny day. That heady coconut waft, reminiscent of suncream and the seaside. This scruffy plant, actually a member of the pea family, is really showing off in Suffolk at the moment. The beautiful Easter weather (which seems an age ago now) yielded a profusion of yellow blooms along roadsides, coastal paths and heathland so I went foraging.

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Plant Spotlight - Dandelion

I’ve been waiting for the right moment to harvest Dandelion flowers. My morning dog walk takes me through a meadow, away from the sprayed wheat and bean fields that is full of golden blooms. The flowers only open when the sun is out so can easily elude you, and as there have been many dull mornings of late I’ve been biding my time. I pounced for a short window on Friday morning. The dogs are getting used to plant related interruptions on walks.

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Nettles = Fine Fettle

If you go down to the woods today…you’ll be lucky if you find any bloody Wild Garlic, but nettles (Urtica dioica) will be abundant. Instagram is dripping with Wild Garlic shots at the moment – every scroll reminds me of what I can’t find! Living in Cornwall I had it on my doorstep, and even in the centre of Oxford there was a magic spot in a churchyard that provided (the ‘bonemeal’ fertiliser must have helped…). But so far in Suffolk it’s alluding me. If you’re like me and it’s giving you the slip, set your sights on nettles. You won’t have to look far.

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