Sunday 8 January 2023

Jacob's Laddder, Lathkill Dale, Derbyshire

Surprisingly only one new plant for me last year which was the stunning Jacob's Ladder, a very scarce native plant, but very often seen in gardens. It's certainly not difficult to see how it became a popular garden flower. I've been wanting to get to this location to see it growing in the wild for many years, it's such a scenic place. Seeing as we were on a family visit to our former home town of Burton upon Trent and hence only about a fifty minute drive away and it was also the optimum time of year to see it in flower, it was too good an opportunity to miss!

We went early in the morning and pleasingly had the place to ourselves, it really was quite idyllic with the plants putting on a stunning show. Even better than I'd imagined!

The Lovely Upper Lathkill Dale. Jacob's Ladder plants centre right.

Jacob's Ladder - Polemonium caeruleum 
And a nice bonus Chimney Sweeper Moth - Odezia atrata

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