Month: October 2020

Wild privet and Snowberry

Black and White Autumn Berries

Audio version of Autumn Berries Wikd privet leaves (1a) Wild privet (Ligustrum vulgare) or Pribhéad in Irish is often found growing in hedgerows.  Its leaves grow in opposite pairs and are spear shaped or lanceolate. They are dark green on top and pale green underneath but changing now to a dark burgundy colour (1a).  It…

Garlic, onions, peas, beans

Growing in October

Audio version of Growing in October Organic garlic bulbs and onion sets from Fruithill Farm in West Cork (1a) It is surprising what can be sown in the garden in October.  Spring is a long way off; the weather is getting noticeably colder and the light is diminishing both in length and quality. Some gardeners…

Ivy

A Plant that is Loved and Hated

Audio version of Ivy Ivy (1) Flowering now is Ivy (Hedera helix) or Eidhneán in Irish, an evergreen, native climber which uses aerial roots along its stem to adhere to a host so that it can reach light (1).  It is not a parasite as some people believe. It has its own root system completely…

Sloe

Purple – Black, Bitter Drupes

Audio version of Purple – Black, Bitter Drupes Blackthorn blossom (2) Credit E.Ó Murchú The Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) or Draighean/Draighneán donn in Irish has produced a bounty of purple-black fruit in the hedgerows now (1).  These fruits which are covered in a blue waxy substance are called sloes or airní in Irish. They are classified…