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Mussel shells in a dark corner behind the shed under rhododendron and fuchsia. Birds, probably crows, bring them here to eat, it seems. The wee, fine-leaved rosettes of greenery are those of a bittercress. Boggy Brae has both Wavy Bittercress (Cardamine flexuosa) and Hairy Bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta). I won’t know which these are until their stems grow. Just to help with ID, I read somewhere yesterday that it’s Wavy Bittercress that has hairy stems!!

My guess, based on where I found each species last year, is that this one will be Hairy Bittercress. Time will tell. I will try and remember to come back and confirm one way or the other.

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