I have been out foraging for a bunch of midwinter street greens for Hollis, who has taken over the bimonthly street plant roundup from Lucy at Loose and Leafy.
Hollis’ main blog is In the Company of Plants and Rocks but she has a special place for urban plants here.
I had been looking off and on for a while, but in the end, on Christmas Eve, I decided to concentrate on the plants that grow on the best wall I know, outside the Chapter Arts Centre here in Cardiff. The centre is housed in the old Cantonian High School, which was built of lovely red bricks in 1905.
It has probably been a typical year for street plants. Everything was flourishing in summer, then we had some very dry months, which killed off a lot of them. Since then we have had about three VERY wet and mild months and everyone seems to have swept away the “weeds” from the pavement edges along with the fallen autumn leaves.
But growing in the cracks on the wall I found plenty of soft new growth. As usual there are leaves I can identify immediately and some that escape identification every year until the flowers come out…
Now if you haven’t already, go and look at Hollis’ urban plants in Wyoming here, where there is snow on the ground but still plenty of interest!
All my urban plant blog posts are here.