Alchemy and frondescentia on Friday

In the new garden, there’s a lot of lady’s mantle on the ground.


This is a bonus, as this beautiful little plant has been said to produce magic dewdrops.


The dew that collects in the leaves of lady’s mantle were used by alchemists, as they were thought to have magical properties.

They look like little round jewels, and I can see why people believed they were special.


This association with Alchemy gave the plant its name of Alchemilla vulgaris.


When the lady’s mantle is in flower, it produces little pale green flowers, which work brilliantly as a ‘filler flower’ in bouquets. Expect to see it making many appearances in this summer’s bouquets.

There’s a lot more to explore in the garden, but there’s so little time to do it. We need to fix curtains, doors, shelves and cupboards, finish unpacking and snagging…


I’ve made a start on a veg patch. And I’m observing the cheeky squirrel’s interventions with some concern.


And there’s a temporary greenhouse tent due to arrive today.

And I’m still making time to blog, because I want to record what I’ve planted, and keep a track of how things change.

Our little oaks have just unfurled their leaves.


It’s leafing season, and I learned a new word for this time of year…


I’d better get on with today’s to-dos.

Bye for now…

J x



One thought on “Alchemy and frondescentia on Friday

  1. My colleague at Cal Poly and I used all sorts of horticultural slang to fill in where real words lacked. We started using the term ‘beard’ to describe the accumulation of dead fronds on Mexican fan palms (formerly known as petticoats) before it was in common use. I do not remember where it came from back then, but it is somewhat common now.


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