Quote of the day:
In fact, the mere act of opening the box will determine the state of the cat, although in this case there were three determinate states the cat could be in: these being Alive, Dead, and Bloody Furious.”
– Terry Pratchet
Forage in May for:
Alexanders, Beech leaves, Cow Parsley, Hairy Bittercress, Dandelion Flowers , Cleavers, Primroses, Ransoms, Sweet Violets, Hawthorn, Lime leaves, Red Clover, Ox-eye Daisy, Garlic Mustard, Wild Garlic
Wordless Wednesday – Tower of Jewels
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The word ‘bugloss’ always has seemed odd to me, and looking at these beautiful plants, I finally figured out why. The name comes from the French buglosse, from Latin buglossa, and from Greek bouglossos. Its literal meaning is “ox-tongued,” which refers to the shape and texture of its leaves. That’s somewhat different from the way I’ve always read it, as “bug-loss.” Now I can stop wondering what the bugs lost!
But now I am imagining cows licking them like lollies 🤣
Your timing was perfect. What an amazing flower. Great pictures too.
Yes! Good job we didn’t go for Easter (also good job we didn’t go this week, with all the flight chaos!). Thanks!
They are spectacular. They have become popular with gardeners on the US west coast, which has similar growing conditions, so long as it doesn’t get too cold in winter.
How marvellous! It’s the bitter winds/gales that tend to do them for here 😦
Oh, wonderful! How lucky you were to see some!
Yes indeed! The woman in the Info Centre said that they start from ~5th May, just in case you need to know!
What an amazing sight – and an amazing sky too! I expect you have been having or have had a wonderful time…!
It was glorious, thanks Cathy! (A nostalgic break, with many photo opportunities: I made son number 2 stand in front of the fountain in the Botanical garden that son number 1 sat on as a baby 🤣)