mid-May sunshine

Greater celandine has appeared this month, a relative of the Welsh poppy and not of lesser celandine. It is named after the Greek ‘chelidon’ or swallow, as it flowers when the swallows arrive. The bright orange sap is said to cure warts and for this reason, greater celandine was often planted around the walls and gateways of houses, where indeed it is still growing on Wrangaton Road.

greater celandine 2

A great time for flower spotting as the spring bluebells, celandines, violets and primroses are still flowering, the hedges are frothy with cow parsley and the lawns full of lady’s smock, with sorrel, cranesbills and campions adding summer colour.

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