Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge by Paul Evans 6 May 2015. Photograph by Maria Nunzia @Varvera
The green alkanet is in flower along the hedge that catches the morning light and gives shelter from the rain. May brings green fire: a lyrical contagion. Thickset, coarse and bristly, green alkanet has the feel of an outsider, pitching up on boundary land, putting down its stubborn roots, which, once, were used to make red dye.