Month: January 2021


Symbols of Hope

Audio version – Snowdrops Snowdrops (1) Credit E Ó Murchú Heralds of spring; heralds of hope. The Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) or Plúirín sneachta in Irish appears in January and blooms until March (1).  It is one of the first flowers of the year to appear in gardens, semi-shaded places, old graveyards and hedgerows (2). Snowdrops…

Common Yew

Sombre Sentinels in Winter Green

Audio – Common Yew Common yew (1a) Irish yew (1b) Common Yew (Taxus baccata) or Iúr/Eo in Irish is an evergreen conifer which like another conifer, the Scot’s pine, is native to Ireland (1a). A mutant, upright, fastigate form of the yew is the Irish yew (Taxus baccata ‘Fastiagata’) the original of which was discovered…

Scots Pine

Reaching For The Sky

Audio version of Scots Pine Scot’s pine wood in Kildare (1a) Stately trees (1b) Credit Geraldine James Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) or Giúis in Irish is an evergreen conifer which is native to Ireland.  It colonised the country about 12,000 years ago but was thought to have become extinct because of wetter climatic conditions about…