Day 244: sea kale and rose hips

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


It takes a hardy character to withstand the harsh conditions by the coast – thin soils, fierce sun and constant buffeting by salt-laden winds, but nature is nothing if not inventive and many plants are perfectly adapted to this situation. Two that always catch my attention are Rosa rugosa and sea kale, Crambe maratima – the fat, red hips of the one and the ice-blue leaves of the other seeming to exult in these unpromising locations. And not just tough, not simply beautiful, but edible too – there’s something immensely hopeful in that.

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Hello! I’m Andrew, gardener, blogger, podcaster, and owner of a too-loud laugh, and I’m so pleased you’ve found your way to Gardens, weeds & words. You can read a more in-depth profile of me on the About page, or by clicking the image above.