What is that plant? No. 2

  • Posted on: 12 October 2014
  • By: Maria Novelly

This plant, gracing along the path leading from Peel Moat Road just before the middle circular flower bed, is known as Fuller's Teasel, Wild Teasel or simply as Teasel. Its latin name is Dipsacus fullonum or Dipsacus sylvestris. Orginating in North Africa and Eurasia, it is considered a weed in some areas where it has been introduced.

With a lifespan of a about 2 years, it can grow to over 2.5 metres (8 feet) tall. Once its lavender flowers fade, the plant sports distinctive spikey seed cones, which are reported to be popular with goldfinches.

What is that plant? No. 1

  • Posted on: 26 August 2014
  • By: Maria Novelly

This is an occasional blog about the plants in the park. Ever wonder what some of them are? Me too. So I asked the one of our very knowledgeable members, Pauline, about some of them and she has filled me in.

This plant, found between the Peel Moat entrance and the bowling pavilion is the Acanthus mollis. It also goes by the popular name of 'Bear's Breeches.'

Feeling good about joining in the workdays

  • Posted on: 19 July 2014
  • By: Jon Shapiro

As you may know, the Friends of Heaton Moor Park has a workday every 2nd Saturday of the month. Last Saturday (July 12, 2014) I joined the crew for the workday, for the second consecutive month. We need these workdays because it seems that the council, due to budget cuts, is unable to do much to maintain the park. Mowing the bowling green and emptying the litter bins they do, but I am not sure they can do much else right now (see below). We have such a lovely park, so I feel good about helping keep it that way.