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Cowslip [May. 11th, 2019|09:51 am]
Tony Grist
I didn't ask Matthew to mow round the clumps of wildflowers but he did anyway- which is good. We have a lot of cowslip this year, but only (in any quantity) in the lawn; I don't know where it comes from; possibly out of a seed packet; I'm not good at remembering all the things I've scattered.

According to Wikipedia cowslip is an old country word for cow dung (and there was I thinking it related to the other end of the animal) and was applied to the flower because of its liking for muck. Other common names- still according to Wikipedia- are cuy lippe, herb peter, paigle, peggle, key flower, key of heaven, fairy cups, petty mulleins, crewel, buckles, palsywort, and plumrocks. Common? I've never come across any of them before. Most of them are prettier or quainter than cowslip- but I don't suppose there's any way people can be persuaded to start talking about herb peter or crewel. Names stick. Besides cowslip is in Shakespeare.

The botanical name is primula veris.


[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2019-05-11 09:45 am (UTC)
I never saw a cow wearing a slip...but if I did I hope it would be this tasteful yellow colour.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-05-11 09:58 am (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-05-11 01:49 pm (UTC)

They certainly show their bloodlines of belonging to the Primula family!
Very cheery flowers!

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-05-11 03:25 pm (UTC)
They come in a red variety too.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2019-05-12 09:12 am (UTC)
We had one appear in the front garden this spring. No idea where it came from as it has not been there the last 3 springs we have lived here.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-05-12 03:40 pm (UTC)
Apparently they're becoming rare in the wild- so it's good that they're moving into our gardens.
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