Wordless Wednesday – The sunshine before potatoes

This was my Dad’s vegetable patch, before I dug it all up to put in some potatoes for him: Celandine and creeping thistle – so pretty!

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9 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – The sunshine before potatoes

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    I saw my first patch of lesser celandine here on Saturday taking over our local botanic garden….wow, so invasive, though quite pretty! I bet the head gardener is not pleased, it is a listed invasive here. :-/

    • Yes, it is very invasive. It disappears below ground for most of the year, so it is hard to locate too and the little bulbs break off so easily. It’s hard to be too annoyed by it,when it looks so cheerful though.

  2. shoreacres says:

    ‘Celandine’ reminded me of the color ‘celadon,’ and I wondered if the two words were related. The short answer’s ‘no’ — but look at this: “Middle English, from Old French celidoine, from medieval Latin celidonia, based on Greek khelidōn , or ‘swallow’. It seems that in the far past, the flowering of the plant was associated with the arrival of swallows.

  3. Cathy says:

    That’s an interesting comment from shoreacres!

    Is this lesser celandine? If so, has it spread elsewhere or was it fairly contained? I have seen some nightmare pictures of how much it can spread

    • Yes, lesser celandine. It is all over my Dad’s plot now, but it is the least of my worries there, as creeping thistle, ground elder and other nasties have got a foothold.

      • Cathy says:

        Crikey, if lesser celandine is the least of your worries…! What are your/his plans?

      • I am just keeping a few areas ticking over there, otherwise he gets heartbroken over not being able to keep on top of his vegetable patch any more. I live too far away to do more than that, sadly.

      • Cathy says:

        It must be shame for him to see it go downhill. Whereabouts does he live? My Mum is always interested to know what is blooming in hers, and will ask carers to check for her, and take pictures sometimes to send to me, but she hasnt actually ‘done’ anythng in it for years and anything that survives is clearly quite hardy

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