From the English Riviera I crossed around Dartmoor on a visit to horticultural friends living near Bodmin. Turning off the car cooling as I went! I noted a new plant to me on the verges and central reserve, a conspicuous clumped white globular flowered plant in much profusion. On leaving the A30 I hoped to see a clump to take a specimen to the experts, of course, and for a reason, there was none on the narrow hedge corridored lanes. Well of course they would have seen the miles of them and would have no need to refer to Keble Martin or lesser books. Well I had to have an extra whisky, as neither of them could name the plant, whisky was Monkeys Shoulder, which I bought after tasting it at Exeter airport, but my friend decried it as poor, perhaps Exeter airport has better samples! It is difficult to identify a roadside plant at speed so the next day after me pointing out the considerable clumps we were little the wiser as we visited another couple who were also horti types, it became obvious we needed a specimen. On the return trip and a grasped specimen with the rev Keble Martin's hand illustrated book it was identified as a sea shore plant, common  scurvy grass. salt tolerant hence it's place on the A30 and not the side roads, but well away from the sea. Full of vitamin C sailors chewed the leaves to prevent scurvy. Sunday 5th of May swifts returned to my friends house where they nest in the leeside gable end. Swallows already in his shed and martins under his eaves. Not painful 🙂 Near Pitlochry my son heard a cuckoo on the 8/5/13, at least there is one left

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