An Introduction

Botany in Birmingham

A conversation:

Other: What are you writing?
Me: My first blog post.
O: A blog? Ooooh. What about?
Me: Spaghetti Junction. And plants.
O: Oh… Are there any plants?
Me: Oh yes. I think so.
O: Does that mean you’ll actually have to go there?
Me: Yes.
O: But you might get hacked!
Me: My blog?
O: No, you. By someone with a knife.
Me: I see.

An Explanation:

Spaghetti Junction is quite well-known for a few things. For its complexity; for its apparent scariness; for being a mass of concrete pillars and slip roads; but so far not for its flora. With this blog, I hope to explore the junction and surrounding area for any plants which may have decided to make their home there.

Why? Well whilst I don’t commute daily through the Gravelly Hill Interchange, I do use it often enough to be familiar with it…

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Tree Following January 2020

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Six on Saturday – 26/10/19

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