My garden flowers: June 1st.
‘Wild Flowers at a Glance’ ; M. C. Carey & D. Fichew; pub. J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd 1954
I find my childhood wild flower book indispensable; it’s neat, precise and fits a pocket.
I have never not found a wild flower described within the pages. It is arranged by flower colour; from white/green/yellow/ blue/mauve/purple/pink/red.
And such beautiful names, in my next life I shall be called, Leontodon.
JACK-BY-THE-HEDGE –Alliaria petiolata
Plants are often found growing along the margins of hedgerows giving rise to the folk name of Jack-by-the-hedge. Other common names include Garlic Root, Hedge Garlic, Sauce-alone, Jack-in-the-bush, Penny Hedge and Poor Man’s Mustard.
ROUGH CHERVIL – Chaerophyllum temulumChervil soup is eaten on Holy Thursday as a symbol of resurrection and a new life. Because its scent reminds of the fragrance of myrrh (one of the offerings at the birth of Christ), it is often called myrrhis.
GOOSE GRASS – CLEAVERS – Gallium Aparine
If Goose grass clings to you, you’ll be kissed.
LAMB’S TONGUE PLANTIAN – Plantago media
Tradition maintains that English plantain springs up wherever English people set foot, no matter what the climate. The botanical name is derived from the word “planta,” a foot.
COMMON SORREL – Rumex Acetosa
The tangy flavour of sorrel makes it an ideal addition to salads, soups or omelettes.
MEADOW CROWFOOT – Rununculus acer
Ranunculus is one of the oldest known drugs. The ancient physicians employed them to destroy indurations, horny and other excrescences. It has been especially recommended in the place of Cantharides as a means of drawing blisters.
DAISY – Bellis perennis
Sprang as tears from the eyes of Mary Magdalene, the ‘Day’s Eye’
BLUEBELL, WILD HYACINTH – Endymion non-scriptus (Scilla non-scripta)
Folk myth has it that bluebells ring to call fairies to meetings. Bluebell woods were thought to be enchanted: if your walked through one you would be spirited away never to be seen again.
COMMON HAWKBIT – Leontodon autumnalis
Make a wish right before blowing on dandelion, your wish just might come true.
GERMANDER SPEEDWELL – Veronica Chamaedrys
The image of Jesus’ face said in legend to have appeared on the handkerchief used by Veronica to wipe the face of Jesus.
COMMON CUDWEED – Filago germanica
Listed as THREATENED species in the Red Data Book for England due to agricultural practices.
HAWTHORN – Crataegus -Thomas the Rhymer, the famous thirteenth century Scottish mystic and poet, once met the Faery Queen by a hawthorn bush from which a cuckoo was calling. She led him into the Faery Underworld for a brief sojourn, but upon re-emerging into the world of mortals he found he had been absent for seven years.