Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Plant-lore Archive: June 2020

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Once again Covid-19 restricted activities, so it was impossible to provide any walks or talks.  However, a steady stream of information – 105 items from 103 contributors – flowed in via social media.  This brings to total to 8379 contributions from 2694 informants.  Thank you everyone!

Daily plant blogs have continued to be prepared for the Friends of Tooting Common and the South London Botanical Institute Facebook pages.

A favourable review of Vickery’s Folk Flora was published in Evolve, the Natural History Museum’s members’ magazine, 43: ‘This book is a whimsical delight to be endlessly dropped into’.

Image: ‘Pearly gates’ decorating a grave in Streatham Park Cemetery, London Borough of Lambeth, June 2020.  This floral tribute design has remained popular for over 100 years.  The one shown here is a ‘permanent’ one composed of artificial flowers, but there were also at least two others, made of fresh flowers, placed on fresh interments.

Edited 10 January 2022.

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