We may have to get used to a new name for our out of control R. ponticum. A new study says that our ‘wild’ Rhodo in this country is such a mish mash of hybrids that it should be called Rhododendron x superponticum.
See article http://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/RHS-Publications/Journals/Hanburyana/Hanburyan-issues/Volume-5–June-2011 and click on the ‘naturalised rhododendrons’ link.
Quote: “Differs from wild R. ponticum in that it is
extremely vigorous and invasive and has a wider range of corolla and
A visit to Soil hill this morning produced just a few birds.
1 Stock dove
3 Skylark, 1 singing
a few mipits. Jackdaw, Crow
Lots of swallow activity at Cock Hill Gate Farm (SE071304).
The top is becoming quite green now, lots of growth,
worth following its progress. The down side is its
becoming even more hazardous to walk over as the
bricks and wire are hidden.
I expected a pond or two, none seen on top, just
water in the ruts and on the path.