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Musk Mallow

Gentle perfume of the musk mallow

When is a plant a weed? When is a weed a flower to enjoy? I guess it’s all about context. There are lots of flowers that we can see growing in our hedgerows and along field margins that, if transplanted to a garden, would be considered a ‘flower’.

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Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

Long time passing?

According to Pete Seeger’s 1955 political folk song, the answer to the question ‘Where have all the flower’s gone? is ‘Young girls have picked them everyone.’ Well, they’d have to have been very busy along the Breamish Valley to account for the ‘disappearance’ of the monkey-flower Mimulus.

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Community Garden Improvements

In addition to the new wall to protect the well in the Powburn Community Garden, further improvements are well underway.

A planter that will be used to create a bed of red roses has been constructed and installed at the Breamish Valley War Memorial. The angular, U-shaped wooden planter was made to the same high standards as the Bolton Road Sign Planters and the Powburn Road Sign Planters by Chris Armit from Newcastleton (Chris constructed the Bolton and Powburn planters).

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Plough Planting

Plough planting: Powburn

Hot on the heels of making Powburn bloom-ing beautiful (see what I did there?) with planting flowers and shrubs in road sign planters – including a donation from Dobbies – May Wilson has been out and about again improving our environment by putting bedding plants into the flower bed just at the entrance to the Plough Inn car park. She was helped by Noreen Birnie and Mary Wealleans.

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Rhododendron: Devil in Disguise?

Invasive rhododendron ponticum

It has such beautiful, large trusses of purple flowers showing in May-June each year, that it’s near impossible to miss this striking shrub. Rhododendron is a favourite in gardens throughout the UK, as it’s a relatively easy plant to grow, it’s an evergreen, is fairly low maintenance and makes great hedges. It can be bought in most garden centres.

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