Friday, 13 April 2012 12:39
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Toothworth in Woodlands

 

Toothworth

 

I am delighted to say that the Toothworth is in flower in the woodlands Toothworth, (Lathraea squamaria), is a parasitic plant that grows on the roots of Hazel, alder and occasionally on beech. It grows in shady conditions and has no chlorophyll. It is one of those great oddities of the woodland floor and really is a plant you should see. It can usually be seen for a couple of weeks in flower then it disappears underground again.

We had a great time in the Walled Gardens for Easter Sunday thanks to all who came along. Still getting frost, so no tender seedlings going out yet. Ground is ready for planting now. Our Tree planting continues and these heavy showers are really no harm for this, the ground was surprisingly dry (but please do think that I am hoping for rain). Staking of the Herbaceous border is next. If you are visiting the woodlands please keep an eye out for toothwort and have a go at the woodland walk trail just ask at the reception in the shop for details.

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