Wild Flowers (aka Weeds) in My Garden

I’m going to post pictures of ‘wild flowers’ – and if they are in the wrong place -‘weeds’ on this page together with some information about them. There are plenty of what would be considered as wild flowers elsewhere

1 Forget Me Not

No real reason why it should be first but they are just coming to an end of flowering now and I’ve just taken out the ‘carpet’ of flowers shown below.

Forget Me Not Flowers

Forget Me Not Flowers

We have many Forget-me-not flowers through the garden in spring – all self-seeded, and in some areas form a complete carpet of flowers (see below).

Carpet of Forget Me Nots

Carpet of Forget-me-not (plus bluebells)

The plant was a symbol of love, Coleridge wrote:

‘That blue and bright-eyed flowerlet of the brook
Hope’s gentle gem, the sweet forget-me-not!’

2 Violet (common dog-violet)

Another photo I took in May. They crop up all over the garden usually at the margins but getting a decent photo is tricky because of the locations – it isn’t called the ‘shy retiring violet’ for nothing. The ‘dog appellation is used in England to denote a variety that is less worthy or less useful c.f. ‘dog rose’.

Violet

Violet

 3 Dandelion

This cops up all over the place and I have a constant battle trying to eliminate it – but as I don’t worry too much about my lawn it still appears there, I could get a picture in the spring. The deep tap roots are difficult to remove, and leaving any part in the ground often leads to the plant reappearing.

The name of course comes from the French ‘Dent de Lion’  Lion’s Tooth from the toothed edge to the leaves. It was also known as ‘Piss-a-bed’ (French ‘pissenlit’) because of the diuretic properties of the plant when used as a medicine. The young leaves can be used in salads though and the dried root as a substitute for coffee (esp. during the last war).

dandelion

Dandelion Flower

 4. Cowslip

This is an ‘added’ wild plant, some 1o years ago or more I planted a couple of cowslips bought from a local wild flower stockist and now they have spread throughout the ‘wild’ section of the garden. They always look pretty in early spring.

The name comes from an early belief that they appeared from cow dung (old name Cowslop), also was recommended  as a cure for palsy in medieval times.

Cowslip Flowers

Cowslip Flowers

 

 

 

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