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…of the Wall

It’s not uncommon to spot a Buddleia growing out of a wall, but whilst on holiday in sunny Anglesey last week I noted some things I’d never before seen growing from the cracks and crevices of walls. During a wander around Menai two plants in particular caught my attention: Fuchsia and Tutsan. I’ve noticed the latter beginning to make inroads into Barons Hill woodland, where there is a ruined mansion and gardens (for more about this place, have a look-see at the 2014 posts A Puzzle In The Woods parts 1 and 2).

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Fuchsia and Tutsan

During my first visit to Anglesey eight years ago, I remember being surprised by seeing Leycesteria formosa as a wall weed though, after my most recent rummage around the ruined mansion, I’ve concluded this plant is becoming the shade-loving equivalent of Buddleia.

A trip to Beaumaris castle gave ample opportunity for wall-weed spotting. As well as the usual suspects such as Pellitory-of-the-Wall (Parietaria judaica), Ivy-leaved Toadflax (Cymbalaria muralis) and Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber)….

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Ivy-leaved Toadflax

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Red Valerian

…I saw the likes of Black Medick (Medicago lupulina) and a very nutrient deficient Tomato seedling (I think the purple colouration indicates potassium deficiency).  I’d be interested to read what unusual wall-weeds other people have spotted.

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Purple tomato seedling

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