Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Laburnum Hedges of Ceredigion

 This time of year, at home in Derbyshire, the hedges are covered in white hawthorn blossom but driving back from our Spring Bank holidays in Pembrokeshire I've discovered a different hedgerow blossom - laburnum flowers.

 Not just one or two in gardens, but almost everywhere along the roads from Aberystwyth down to Cardigan the hedgerows are filled with bright sunshiny yellow.

I wonder why there are so many here but none that I've seen elsewhere. Does anyone know?

Note - the comment below led me to do some hunting around on the web, and I found a different tale about the origins of laburnham in Welsh hedgerows. Woodworker Roni Roberts quotes a tale that the trees were fencing posts which 'struck' and grew.
However they arrived, they're the most beautiful hedges I've seen


  1. The local (medieval) garden centre ordered a batch of 1,000 laburnum saplings because of the attractive flowers, but when it was discovered the seeds are poisonous he was left with 900 unsold plants so he flogged them off cheap as gorse bushes.

    1. Really? Did no one notice the lack of prickly thorns? Though perhaps they were sold at such a bargain price that no one queried the plants :)

    2. Aha ... but this would have been in the early 1800's and they were sold as the 'new thornless variety'.