Like a number of 'weeds' condemned in modern gardens, this succulent herb was once appreciated as a salad, pickle and sautéed vegetable. It is now coming back into culinary fashion. Purslane is an annual that grows to about 7cm high and up to 45cm wide, with soft trailing branches and wedge to spoon shaped, succulent green leaves. … Continue reading Purslane


The opium poppy is a hardy annual that grows to about 1.2m with large, coarse, toothed, silvery green foliage and tall flowering stems bearing four-petalled flowers that may be white, pink, lavender or red, followed by a globose capsule with an operculum that opens to scatter the ripe seed. The wall of the green capsule … Continue reading Poppy