Gorgeous Grasses and Sanguisorba

If you’ve enjoyed a break from the lawn during ‘No Mow May’ but ended up with ‘just grass’, then we hope in this episode to convince you of the beauty and importance of grasses in their own right for both humans and wildlife. We also take a look at a stunning plant often found amongst the tall grass, the ruby jewel that is Sanguisorba officinalis.

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Patchwork leaf-cutter bee – Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Wood Pigeon Bird Facts | Columba Palumbus – The RSPB


Orchards for Schools free orchard and hedgerow packs (treecouncil.org.uk)

Free Trees for Schools and Communities – Woodland Trust

Grasses overview

Check out Sarah (aka Mighty Moth Girl (@MothMighty) / Twitter) giving a fantastic begginers botany class on grasses here: Classes for Grasses Episode 1 – Grass Structure and Anatomy – YouTube

Grass: An introduction – Lizzie Harper

Grass ID – Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland (bsbi.org)

Grasses guide – Field Studies Council (field-studies-council.org)

Monocot – Definition and Examples of Monocotyledon | Biology Dictionary

Grass species

Microsoft Word – TEP Festuca rubra.doc (bsbi.org)

Microsoft Word – TEP Agrostis capillaris.doc (bsbi.org)

Microsoft Word – TEP Brachypodium sylvaticum.doc (bsbi.org)

Briza media – BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine (gardenersworld.com)

Sanguisorba officinalis

Sanguisorba officinalis | Online Atlas of the British and Irish Flora (brc.ac.uk)

Great burnet | The Wildlife Trusts

Sanguisorba officinalis L. | Plants of the World Online | Kew Science

Propagation, cultivation and varieties

Sanguisorba officinalis | great burnet/RHS Gardening

Sanguisorba ‘Tanna’ | burnet ‘Tanna’/RHS Gardening

Sanguisorba officinalis ‘Martin’s Mulberry’ | great burnet ‘Martin’s Mulberry’/RHS Gardening

Sanguisorba ‘Pink Tanna’ | /RHS Gardening

Sanguisorba officinalis ‘Lemon Splash’ (v) | great burnet ‘Lemon Splash’/RHS Gardening

Next Book Club

Making a Wildflower Meadow by Pam Lewis

ISBN: 9780711236103

Making a Wildflower Meadow from Summerfield Books

Making a Wildflower Meadow : Pam Lewis, : 9780711236103 : Blackwell’s (blackwells.co.uk)

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