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Wednesday 18 March 2015

Difficulties with young plant ID

I saw a lady picking a lot of young wild garlic today, it's only starting to show and she was tearing up all she could find. After she moved on I went to the patch she'd been in to see how much was gone, and there must have been 30sq feet of forest floor raided, that's a lot of garlic, but she'd have gotten a lot more if she'd left it to grow.
However there was a problem, in her ardour to gather the wild edibles she'd been taking all growing plants she could find and she inadvertently took a lot of something else too - Bluebells!
It's, I suppose, not a difficult mistake to make, as you can see above, wild garlic on the left, bluebell on the right, they can look slightly similar as they are starting to grow.
But I hope she goes through her takings when she gets home, as a belly full of bluebell leaves could cause you some serious discomfort!!


  1. Oh my goodness... that´s a lot of silly things to do for but ONE person. Hope it turned out alright, of course, but sometimes I wonder if this isn´t a kind of Darwinism...

  2. lol, I think you could be right!