Round the garden in 80 days #70

When I started my ‘Round the garden in 80 days’ series, I expected to finish it by New Year. Yet here we are hurtling towards the summer equinox and still eleven posts to go, including this one.

One the plus side, I’ve collected a few newsworthy items since the last post. For me, the most interesting is the Ribwort Plantain.

Whilst reading this month’s newsletter from, I found the name for a new wild flower which has appeared in my back garden: Ribwort Plantain. You can read the details here but the essential tidbit for me is that the flower heads taste a bit like mushroom when made into stock. So, it looks like some experimenting is on the cards very soon.

I also got a surprise in the front garden, though this is of a less pleasing nature. This morning, I went out to dig up the crocosmia

(they are taking over, predictably, and besides I want the space for something else) and discovered a brown which had previously been green. I wondered if my neighbour had decided to have a go with the weedkiller once he’d done his lawns, if it had been an accident or if urine from a pet might do such damage. Fortunately, apart from one tulip, the rest was growth I would like to get rid of but it is a disconcerting situation, nonetheless.

On a cheerier note, here are two different bird sightings which tickled me.

Ducklings at Temple Newsam. We also saw tadpoles but they weren’t as cute.
I’m not sure what the pigeon was doing on the raised bed but now I realised this may have been the bird who has been digging up bits of sheep’s fleece, which had been added to provide nitrogen to the growing medium.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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10 Responses to Round the garden in 80 days #70

  1. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I think I have that plantain in my garden too but never realised it might be useful. Thank you for the tip. I hope you find out why there was all that browning or at least habve no more of it.

  2. I hope you discover the cause of the browning

  3. I have plantains growing in cracks in the drive (I paint such an appealing picture of the crumbling wreck that is my house, don’t I?). I had been thinking of taking some action but first I must identify the species and then decide on any culinary use.

    The wood pigeon probably isn’t taking the wool as it has no use for it – the nests are just plain twigs. I blame them for everything else, including wrecking my brassicas, but they are probably innocent of wool theft. 🙂

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    The pigeons eat the ants in my garden, so maybe that was it. Or maybe it was just being mischievous.

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