Having parked the car we made for the town centre, and our walk took us through the Jephson Gardens. They are one of the town's most attractive features and it would be lovely if Northampton, Daventry or Banbury could do something similar. They would be, in theory, very expensive to create and maintain but lots of people are apparently involved on a volunteer basis and I'm sure that in Northampton for example, with a population of 230,000, a similar volunteer force could be assembled to do something in, say, Abington Park.
We passed Butterbur growing beside the River Leam. Yes, I know it can become a bit of a nuisance but it is an oddly attractive plant. Butterbur, despite its name of Petasites hybridus, does not appear to be a hybrid but a true species. It flowers early in the year when other nectar sources are limited and so is a valuable bee plant. By late summer its leaves will be huge.
Butterbur beside the River Leam, Leamington.
23 March, 2019
|Strelitzia reginae with its strange inflorescence, reminiscent of a bird's head.|
Jephson Gardens, Leamington. 23 March, 2019
|Strelitzia nicolai, growing nearby, makes a much larger plant.|