This page is for us to share plants from the Glen The Creek and Utmarken
First flower up at the turn of the solstice in the Glen is Winter Heliotrope // Petasites pyrenaicus/fragrans // Plúr na gréine. A beauty with a lily shaped leaf and heavenly scent, of late much maligned as a neophyte, with its rhyzomatic propagation weaving carpets across all neglected bits of land, damp loving, shade tolerating and hardy it’s perfectly suited to our weather and its early canopy ensures there is little competition from other species in the areas it covers.
Old Man’s Beard Straggling still in late December, along the hedgrow on the northern edge of the Glen Park
Clematis vitalba also known as Traveller’s Joy and Gabhrán (meaning traveller) in Irish
Fox Glove Digitalis purpurea Lus mór rosettes appearing in the undergrowth in late December
… the foxglove is already sending out tongues in the leaf litter.
Foxgloves are biennial so this plant has grown from this year’s dropped seed, and it is growing leaves now to make it strong in 2021 and prepare for flowering in 2022….