The marsh ragwort looks like a healthier version of the common ragwort, slightly taller with bigger leaves and larger flowers. It is also just about as toxic as the common ragwort but is not statutorily controlled. However common sense says that if it became a problem then there is likely to be liability.
However as it is found in the marsh, where no domesticated animals feed, not that we would have them, and there is little or no chance of the marsh ragwort spreading to neighbours fields, it is not curtailed.
April 3rd 2015
Brought the idea of invasive plants to the forefront as I picked some creeping purple flower that dominated a small area of a neighbours yard.
In my search for invasive species I came across the surprising and not so Yellow Archangel
- Purple Periwinkle (Vinca major v. purpurea)
I have just planted two cuttings in hedge behind the caravan and am now wondering about the wisdom of such
- Variegated Yellow Archangel, Yellow deadnettle (Lamiastrum galeobdolon subsp. argentatum)
- Broad Leaf Bamboo
There are six stands five of which I have planted. The other and one in an adjacent filed I will remove.
- Nettles Not a problem
- Brambles Although rampant and becoming domint in the triangle field, not actually a problem
torfaen.gov.uk . . . Variegated-Archangel.pdf opens external site on new tab/page.
Never thought it was a problem although I noted it's cover. It dominates one side of a stone wall so will now inspect and watch it.
Some notable events:
April 2015 There has been very little rain this month and not that much this year.
April 15th: Hottest day, 26°C, since last summer.
April 16th: For the first time the ash are leafing at the same time as the sycamore. Ash is usually a few weeks later at least (last to leaf, first to shed). It seems all the trees are leafing at the same time, which is extremely odd (ash, oak, hawthorn, sycamore). So it seems they are primarily sensitive to temperature not day length.