Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Cowslips and swifts in the westcountry.

Plants bursting up everywhere with the sunshine and heavy rain showers. The wonderful roadside meadows on Street Hill are covered in Cowslips, (Primula veris), and primroses (Primula vulgaris) - I hadn't previosuly realised that they were closely related. I saw the first swift on Thursday night at 7.30pm above the field where we were raising a marquee in Catcott and there suddenly are cuckoo-pints everywhere in the hedgerows.


Wikipedia - Arum maculatum is a common woodland plant species of the Araceae family and is known by an abundance of common names including snakesheadadder's rootarumwild arum,arum lilylords-and-ladiesdevils and angelscows and bullscuckoo-pintAdam and Evebobbinsnaked girlsnaked boysstarch-rootwake robin, friar's cowl and jack in the pulpit. The name "lords-and-ladies" and other gender related names refer to the plant's likeness to male and female genitalia symbolising copulation.

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