Another Indicator of Change…..


Lords and Ladies

Lets give it the proper  name of Arum maculatum.  Just a little early to show in our garden but still a sign that Autumn is on the way (I know we still have some more summer left). This is the fruit stem which burst from a green leaf cover like a shroud. With the drought and heat the foliage has fallen away very quickly exposing just the stem. This stem is rather squat this season at about 4 inches berry to berry.

It is more usually found in hedgerows and dark woodland areas, a wild plant, but we have a number in shady spots in the garden, self seeded probably by birds, and we are rather proud of them….though visitors do wonder why we don’t dig them up.

Because of the shroud from which the stem emerges it has attracted many names over the centuries. Devils and Angels, Cuckoo-pint, Snakehead, Soldiers diddies, Jack in the Pulpit and a whole host of more indelicate names.

So advance warning that seasonal change has started…maybe the heat and drought is accelerating the move

10th August

(C) David Oakes 2018