Plea for plant lore

WE HAVE received an interesting request for information from Mr Roy Vickery.

He writes: “I am conducting a survey of the folklore and uses of wild plants, so I would be pleased to hear of any memories which readers might have. Were you ever told not to bring certain flowers indoors? Do you remember any local plant names? Did you ever play games with wild plants, or use any herbal remedies?”

If you can add to the knowledge, write to Roy Vickery, 9 Terrapin Court, London, SW17 8QW.

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