Bursting Butterbur

Butterbur Petasites hybridus Emerging from banks that a few short weeks ago were submerged by water, the upright flower stalks and parasol leaves of the Butterbur are bursting forth down by the ford. A long-time staple of herbalists through the ages, Butterbur was used to treat plague and fevers in…

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Catch up 2 – might it be a belemnite?

A fortnight ago, during a walk through the wood to the north of our little hamlet I cam across animal earth workings between the fallen trunks of some scott’s pine that sit on a steep escarpment above the river. Pausing for a few minutes I picked at the gravel spoil…

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