Monday, 28 February 2011


Goose grass, brambles, alexanders, rubbish . . . at the foot of a wooden fence

At the foot of a fence.


Hermes said...


Sy's Prints said...

really like you photos

Johnny Nutcase said...

I love this title! And i love that green!

Gary said...

Hi Lucy,

Been a while, glad to see you are keeping up the great work.

Mag said...

That Ground Elder could almost be Alexanders!

Chuck said...

What a nice gathering you have their Lucy. I like the high angle shot.

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Hermes - it's possible to have beautiful enemies.

Thank you Sy. I'm glad you like Message in a Milk Bottle.

Hello Johnny Nutcase - the green is brilliant, isn't it? Some of these 'weeds' are virtually indestructible and stay fresh throughout the summer. Now, when they are freshly growing, newly rained upon and in the light of the next-coming shower, they are almost luminous with green-ness.

Hello Gary. I hope all is well with you. Glad to see the note from you here as I miss your posts and comments. Are you ok?

Thanks Chuck. I took a photo of this same group (from a different angle) in November - and you commented how spring-like it looked then.

It looked delicate then . . . from now on, it will galumph its way into summer until it's a sort of trailing pile of green! (At which point, it will be less photogenic!)


Lucy Corrander said...

Mag - you have sent me into a whirling crisis. I have always been a bit edgey about this ground elder. One doesn't usually see it in the kind of profusion as it grows in round here. I haven't heard of Alexanders before and am now worried that I have been misleading people for years with a wrong ID. The habitat is certainly right for Alexanders.

I've been relying on photographs for Ground Elder ID - and there aren't many showing it growing tall - though the little I found 'fitted'. Now, looking at photos of Alexanders, I am thrown into confusion. It is similar . . . but the flower heads look a bit too dense. On the other hand, the leaves of my 'ground elder' are glossier than I had originally thought them to be.

I'll look into it and, if I find I've gone and misnamed it - then I'll have to go back three years, re-naming photos and apologising all over the place!

So . . . I'm anxious . . . !

On the other hand, if I have been mis-identifying . . . you will need to be very proud of knowing for you are the first person to have realised. I've found a couple of possible sources for help in this and . . . feel quite excited really . . . a mysterious mystery to check out and . . .

Oh help!


Mag said...

Oh dear! I'm sorry, Lucy! I have so, so much Ground Elder in my garden that I know very well what it looks like...!!

Lucy Corrander said...

Mag - I'm pleased and impressed. The information I have now found on Alexanders suggests it isn't found further than five miles from the sea . . . which reduces the number of people likely to recognise it.


Mag said...

I, too, associate it with the coast although it grows in my village, which is a bit more than 20 miles inland; and I read that it was invading the Bluebells in Kew Gardens, in 2005... (