Finally a trip beyond the house horizon is allowed and it felt so good. Just look to see some of the things there to delight in the hedgerow.

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picture of a Braken shoot
New shoot of Braken (Pteridium aquilinum)

Such a pest to sum but at the right time. Braken has it’s beauty.

Common Vetch

picture of Common Vetch in flower
Common Vetch (Vicia sativa) in flower


picture of Ground-ivy in flower at the base of the hedgerow
Ground-ivy (Glechoma hederacea) in flower

I remember coming across this plant for the first time in my late teens. One of it’s old names is Gill or Gill-Over-The-Ground. A tea can be made from it and of course that is Gill Tea. It was also used in beer before hops were introduced. Read more here.

Common Scorpionfly

picture of female Common Scorpionfly
Female Common Scorpionfly (Panorpa communis)
picture of female Common Scorpionfly
Female Common Scorpionfly (Panorpa communis)

Like so many insects this common species is often overlooked. Unless like me you are looking. The male has a ‘tail’ that looks like a Scorpion’s. Read more here.

Spear Thistle

Spear Thistle (Cirsium vulgare) in bud

Look but don’t touch.

Germander Speedwell

hedgerow picture of Germander Speedwell in flower
Germander Speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys) in flower

If your lawn is not mown too much you may have this in your garden.

Cow Parsley

hedgerow picture of Cow Parsley in flower
Flower of Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris)

Is a hedgerow complete without Cow Parsley in the Spring?