I have only ever known this ditch dweller as Sticky Back and thought it was only good for sticking to people's backs. Wrong! The correct name for this plant is Galium Aparine. It's also known as Goose Grass and Sticky Willy!  It's edible, but not palatable and can be used medicinally to stop bleeding and to help excema! It's also supposed to be slimming (like everything that tastes yuck?). Horses love to eat goose grass and I use it sometimes as bait to catch them when they're being awkward.

I have only ever known this ditch dweller as Sticky Back and thought it was only good for sticking to people's backs. Wrong! The correct name for this plant is Galium Aparine. It's also known as Goose Grass and Sticky Willy! It's edible, but not palatable and can be used medicinally to stop bleeding and to help excema! It's also supposed to be slimming (like everything that tastes yuck?). Horses love to eat goose grass and I use it sometimes as bait to catch them when they're being awkward.

This is navelwort otherwise known as umbilicas rupestris or penny pies. There are loads of these plump plants in the ditch this weather - there is something very satisfying about picking one and piercing it with your fingernail (well for me anyway). These plants are edible and are known to be benficial for the kidneys and can be used to ease the pain of piles in an ointment! Also good for rubbing on scratches.

This is navelwort otherwise known as umbilicas rupestris or penny pies. There are loads of these plump plants in the ditch this weather - there is something very satisfying about picking one and piercing it with your fingernail (well for me anyway). These plants are edible and are known to be benficial for the kidneys and can be used to ease the pain of piles in an ointment! Also good for rubbing on scratches.

This is navelwort otherwise known as umbilicas rupestris or penny pies. There are loads of these plump plants in the ditch this weather - there is something very satisfying about picking one and piercing it with your fingernail (well for me anyway). These plants are edible and are known to be benficial for the kidneys and can be used to ease the pain of piles in an ointment! Also good for rubbing on scratches.

This is navelwort otherwise known as umbilicas rupestris or penny pies. There are loads of these plump plants in the ditch this weather - there is something very satisfying about picking one and piercing it with your fingernail (well for me anyway). These plants are edible and are known to be benficial for the kidneys and can be used to ease the pain of piles in an ointment! Also good for rubbing on scratches.

This is navelwort otherwise known as umbilicas rupestris or penny pies. There are loads of these plump plants in the ditch this weather - there is something very satisfying about picking one and piercing it with your fingernail (well for me anyway). These plants are edible and are known to be benficial for the kidneys and can be used to ease the pain of piles in an ointment! Also good for rubbing on scratches.

This is navelwort otherwise known as umbilicas rupestris or penny pies. There are loads of these plump plants in the ditch this weather - there is something very satisfying about picking one and piercing it with your fingernail (well for me anyway). These plants are edible and are known to be benficial for the kidneys and can be used to ease the pain of piles in an ointment! Also good for rubbing on scratches.

This is navelwort otherwise known as umbilicas rupestris or penny pies. There are loads of these plump plants in the ditch this weather - there is something very satisfying about picking one and piercing it with your fingernail (well for me anyway). These plants are edible and are known to be benficial for the kidneys and can be used to ease the pain of piles in an ointment! Also good for rubbing on scratches.

This is navelwort otherwise known as umbilicas rupestris or penny pies. There are loads of these plump plants in the ditch this weather - there is something very satisfying about picking one and piercing it with your fingernail (well for me anyway). These plants are edible and are known to be benficial for the kidneys and can be used to ease the pain of piles in an ointment! Also good for rubbing on scratches.

Gorse - Wexford has this in abundance. The leaves of gorse are edible - apparently good in salads! I have to try that! And, according to Wikipedia, you can make wine from the flowers too. Apparently crushed gorse makes good cattle feed. I think gorse is gorgeous but what I like the most is the wonderful smell of coconut from it:)

Gorse - Wexford has this in abundance. The leaves of gorse are edible - apparently good in salads! I have to try that! And, according to Wikipedia, you can make wine from the flowers too. Apparently crushed gorse makes good cattle feed. I think gorse is gorgeous but what I like the most is the wonderful smell of coconut from it:)

The primrose is my favourite flower - only the wild kind you get in the ditches in Ireland though

The primrose is my favourite flower - only the wild kind you get in the ditches in Ireland though

I love these two trees in the middle of a field down our lane - I'm sure there must be a romantic legend about them!

I love these two trees in the middle of a field down our lane - I'm sure there must be a romantic legend about them!

Down our lane in Ballinvegga 13Mar12 - the grass is coming on well :)

Down our lane in Ballinvegga - the grass is coming on well :)

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