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Month: April 2019

Spring Salad

Spring Salad

Ordinarily our salads wouldn’t warrant a post – they might contain a couple of interesting plants, but other than that, nothing special. However, last month (it’s taken quite a while for me to get round to writing this up) we made one that is a little different. The picture above probably gives away what made this salad special, but let me give a bit of background. In parts of Continental Europe, particularly the more rural parts of Italy and Spain,…

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Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris)

Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris)

Bladder Campion, or at least the Common Bladder Campion, Silene vulgaris, is a perennial herb with attractive, light-green leaves, occasionally flushed purple, and with a noticeable bloom, which gives them a glaucous appearance. Delicate white (or occasionally pink) flowers, with deeply notched petals, appear in Summer and into early Autumn, gently nodding at the top of its numerous, slender, branching stems. Once acquainted with these, they become instantly recognisable because the petals are attached, at the base, to a distinctive,…

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