26 April, 2015

Lady's Smock

We have been amazed at the profusion of Lady's Smock all over the garden this year. Usually a clump here and there and a sprinkling all over. Not this time. Any ideas?

Apparently it is loved by the caterpillars of the orange-tip which will account for the many of them hovering around the plants at the moment. More interesting I read that, being a good source of Vitamin C early in the year, it was good against the scurvy in olden times. There was a problem with this, though. The plant was particularly loved by the fairies so anyone picking it was liable to a good cursing!

We will not have to worry too much in this regard. We can get our green stuff from Tesco and leave the fairies to have a ball.