Hops are one of the few plants that I’m allergic to – either the oils or the coarse hairs brought me out in a rash when I had to prune a vigorous vine that had overgrown its space.
I’ll not hold it against them as they’re attractive plants with shapely leaves, and it’s safe to say they weren’t out to get me. Or fairly safe, as it could be a tactic evolved to stop creatures messing with them.
Garden designers love the golden-leaved version, which certainly knows how to brighten a corner. I liked the way sunlight trailed a shadow vine up the wall too. The top picture was taken at Trentham Gardens in Stoke-on-Trent and the bottom at Harlow Carr in Harrogate.
I’m linking to Becky’s BrightSquares which runs throughout April. I thought hops appropriate to mark England’s pubs and restaurants being cautiously re-opened today for socially distanced outdoor service. I won’t be partaking myself, but feel sure thousands of gallons of beer will be consumed.