Harvesting Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus)

Harvesting Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus)Harvested branches of Viburnum opulusRemaining stump will shoot vigorouslyTough barkSmooth and easy to remove barkCleaned up Viburnum opulus ready for bark removalThe sap has been rising in our Cramp Bark shrubs, so leaves are...

Latest at Holt Wood

Rain measure at Holt WoodWet Cramp Bark berries (Viburnum opulus)Still raining and, despite some pleasant days in recent weeks, the ground at Holt Wood is saturated. Growth is lush, ideal conditions for sedges and mosses.  Just five apples harvested today, very...

To harvest or not to harvest

Bugle, Ajuga reptansWe have had lots of bluebells, making a sea of blue. Another spectacular plant is Bugle (Ajuga reptans), a member of the mint family (and quite easily confused with Selfheal, Prunella vulgaris, another purplish mint family member). Bugle seems to...