I’ve been recording the wild plants that I find in my three-quarter acre Scottish hill garden and I’ve now decided to include non-wild (cultivated or ‘garden’ plants) and non-native plants (naturalised ones that we like and ones we’d really rather be rid of) as well. So here goes: I’m going to start with the well known and well hated invasive ‘weed’, Japanese Knotweed. In 2006, when we moved here, this is what it looked like in the back garden.
Nowadays, most shoots are small when I find them and pull them out. The idea I’m working on is that the rhizomes will have to use themselves up growing new shoots and the more I pull out the less plant food is left in the rhizome. The alternative is to spray with leaves with glyphosate. We have done that too and probably will again.
Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is garden plant species no.207
The plant list includes ferns and bryophytes as well as flowering plants. I’ve moved the fungi to a separate list. That currently stands at 41.
A 2-3 metre long bluebell (Endymion non-scriptus) patch in the boggy brae garden. The bits of wood are rowan branches that have fallen off the tree growing just above this patch. As you can see, the bluebells are not flowering yet, but soon, soon!
I used to think they flowered later than elsewhere because of the roe deer cropping of the young leaves that takes place every year, but I don’t think that holds them back because the bulbs are fed each year by the old leaves after the annual flowering. I think our garden’s north-eastern aspect is probably what makes the difference. You can see some cropping in the photo below: