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REMINDER: Two events next week

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Wednesday 14 April, at 6.30 p.m., Roy Vickery talks about Forgotten Rescources: Uses of Great North Wood Plants, part of the virtual Festival of the Great North Wood, organised by the London Wildlife Trust.

Friday 16 April, at 11 a.m., Wonderful Weeds, walk led by Roy Vickery, Tooting Common, south London (nearest station Balham), a South London Botanical Institute event, see

No Easter wreaths

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Smith Street, in Chelsea, London, has been regularly visited each year since 2014 to see the Christmas wreaths which decorate its front doors.  In 2020 approximately 36% of the doors had wreaths attached to them.  On 6 April 2021, two days after Easter Sunday, a visit was paid to see if any of the houses displayed Easter wreaths; none did so.

Church flowers, Easter 2021

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Flower decorations for Easter Sunday, at St John the Evangelist Anglican Church, Upper Norwood, London Borough of Croydon:  part of Easter garden, Pascal candle, and flower arrangement in the nave.  Unlike  many other churches it appears that St John’s does not ask parishioners for donations with which to buy Easter (Lilium longiflorum), or altar (Zantedeschia aethiopica) lilies in memory of dead friends and relatives at Easter.


Photographs taken 5 April 2021, the day after Easter Sunday.



REMINDER: Spring Plants walk, 9 April

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The South London Botanical Institute’s Friday plant walks start again on Friday 9 April, with a walk in Wandsworth Cemetery, c. 5 minutes walk from Earlsfield station (c.15 minutes by train from London Waterloo), from 11 a.m.  For further details see the Events page on this website.

Report:  Five people, the maximum permitted at present, turned up and enjoyed an unexpectedly warm and sunny morning wandering around the Cemetery, examining early flowering plants, including three species of speedwell, common field-speedwell (Veronica persica), ivy-leaved speedwell (V. hederfolia) and wall speedwell (Veronica arvensis).

Image:  common field speedwell, Brompton Cemetery, London Borough of  Kensington and Chelsea, March 2021.

Plant-lore Archive: March 2021

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March was another month during which activities were restricted, but 15 items of information were received from 15 correspondents, bringing the total to 8631 items from 2789 contributors.

As far as is known no progress was made on finding a publisher for the plant-name book, the publisher who was thought would like to publish having rejected it.

One minor publication was produced:

Cemetery Flora: Lords-and-ladies, Arum maculatumFONC News 151: 16-17.

Image: wreath of artificial chrysanthemums attached to the memorial to the juggler Paul Cinquevalli (1859-1918), by the Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America ‘to mark the 100th anniversary of his passing’, West Norwood Cemetery, London Borough of Lambeth, March 2021.

Palm Sunday 2021 – 2

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Palm crosses left in porch of St Michael’s Church, Mickleham, Surrey, 30 March 2021. The church was locked.



Palm Sunday, 2021 – 1

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Palm Sunday, which fell on 28 March in 2021, was a subdued festival due to covid restrictions.  The photographs here were taken at Holy Trinity, Anglican, Church, Upper Tooting, London Borough of Wandsworth, on Monday 29 March.


Flowers in memory of Sarah Everard

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Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, was abducted and murdered in south London, on 3 March 2021.  Although the murder did not take place on Clapham Common, in the London Borough of Lambeth, the Common and particularly its bandstand, has become the focus of people wanting to remember her, and reflect on violence against women.

Photographed 15 March 2021, c. 2.30 p.m.

Mothering Sunday, 2021

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People queuing for flowers outside Floral Halls florist, in Norwood Road, West Norwood, London Borough of Lambeth, at c.11.15 a.m., Sunday 14 March 2021.


Memorial to motorcyclist – 2

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Roadside memorial to motorcyclist Krzysztof Kizysiaczek, who died on 13 November 2016, at junction of Morden Road with Jubilee Way, London Borough of Merton.

Photographed March 2021.


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