Tuesday, June 02, 2009

How Does Your Garden Grow?

I'm indebted to regular contributor Walter for pointing me towards the Natural History Museum's Postcode Plants Database. The idea's simple. You just pop in the first part of your postcode et voila! All the native flora recorded in your area is listed!

So having entered CT11, I found an extensive list of everything from Annual Beard Grass (something you see a lot down the Belgian Bar), to Black Bog-rush (the morning after a night in the Belgian Bar). Yep, from Nipplewort to Rough Chervil, from Stinking Goosefoot to Man Orchid, it's all there. It even gives Latin names, lists everything under type (e.g annual, biennial, perennial, creeper etc), has photos of many of the plants, and recommends which would be suitable for the garden here at the old cliff top mansion.

Right! I'm off down the garden centre toute de suite to grab myself a Stinking Iris!

Postcode flora at Natural History Museum

8 comments:

Not green-fingered said...

I don't know about creeper but there are certainly a few creeps about!

Anonymous said...

Stay indoors and moan about it on a blog.
That'll sort 'em, good and proper!

ascu75 aka Don said...

thanks good show that man just whats needed here more weeds in the yard

Anonymous said...

I thought Cannabis Sativa was now a native plant of Thanet!

Gerry James said...

You should worry, over here in Westgate -home of good councillors ;)we have: Dwarf Spurge (what's that?) Hairy-brome (not too popular) Hart's-tongue (probably goes with Hairy-brome) and Cock's-foot...Don't ask.

Jean said...

@ anon 12:58.

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Anonymous said...

nipple wort??.. and to think id just had mine lasered off...

Anonymous said...

ECR been away so havent seen this but we can also supply you with a list of plants suitable for the local chalky conditions and dry winds! It means you've got to leave your cliff top mansion though!
Louise Friend, East Northdown Farm Margate
www.botanyplants.com