Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Scots pine

2014-12-06 12.28.051. As children [c. 1960] our Welsh aunty told us that you could tell the weather with a fir cone or pine cone. When it was opened out the weather would be fine; if closed up it was about to rain. I’m not sure if this is true [Childwall, Liverpool, April 2013].

2. [North Hampshire. c.1940s] pine cones (always referred to as fir cones) gathered by the sackful for kindling (I still do this) [Orpington, Kent, February 2007].

Images: ¬†main, planted, St Chad’s churchyard, Lichfield, Staffordshire, September¬†2014; inset, St Martha-on-the-Hill churchyard, Guildford, Surrey, December 2014.