Lucy Corrander, over at the Loose and Leafy blog, has a section in which she features wild plants growing on town and city streets. So this post is for her!
I see these plants most days but only rarely take pictures of them. This is Llandaff Road in Cardiff, a traffic-busy street lined with houses and small front gardens, plus a few shops and former institutions. Here are the best plants I spotted in the space of about half a mile on a late-February morning. I suppose the traffic keeps the street quite warm. Any help with the identification gratefully received…
This is a picture of herb Robert I took in exactly the same place in May 2010, but it’s supposed to be an annual or biennial, so I guess it’s not the very same plant…
It was when I was taking the above picture that I was accosted by a gentleman in tradesman’s clothes but with a briefcase. Did I look THAT suspicious, with my camera and with my furry trapper hat all a-flapping?
He asked if I was “all right there?” so I had to explain I was just taking pictures of weeds (as I would expect him to call them) for a blog post (although he probably didn’t know what that was).
Anyway, I could see why he would be anxious, as his company were lopping a bunch of big trees in the former school or home we were standing outside. He said they had to do it for safety reasons. I said fine, I could see they weren’t felling them. No, he said, wouldn’t do that. I wonder if he was worried because protesters actually saved a big nearby beech tree from developers a few years ago?
I was all smiles, trying to reassure him, and he probably did think me a bit odd. He even pointed out an access lane around the back that I might find interesting – and if I had been wanting to take pictures of the trees being trimmed I might have gone there. But I had street plants to find. I wonder if Lucy gets looks, too, when she is photographing things at ground level on the street?
Finally for Lucy – a badly-photographed moss…
From the Squirrelbasket in May 2010: Living on the edge: A weed by any other name.