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Cowpats and Cowslips

By Heather 12 years ago

In country lanes and meadows up and down Britain the delicate yellow flowers of the native wildflower, the cowslip, can be found, heralding the arrival of Spring.

The cowslip is a member of the primrose family and its Latin name is Primula veris. Its common name is from the Old English word (cuslyppe) for cowpat because they tended to pop up where these fell.

Cowslips prefer well drained alkaline soil and a sunny position. These perennials grown to a height of 12 inches (30 cm) and provide valuable food for several species of butterflies and moths.

If you plant cowslips in a meadow setting don’t cut the grass until after late July when the seeds have set.

Over the years cowslips have had many uses from making wine and jam to medicinal uses such as treatments for coughs and chest infections. The leaves have also been used for healing wounds.

Steven Humber's Top Five Wiggles

By Heather 13 years ago

Wild Strawberry

Steven Humber from Dorset has sent me in his favourite wiggly bits and bobs. He has a long narrow garden and has transformed it over the past year into a wildlife garden. He enjoys wildlife gardening, country walks and local cider! (Yummy - maybe we should do a Wiggly Podcast on cider making...)

Wiggly Favourite and Why?
Number One: Can o worms , it’s a great way of getting rid of so much waste and making wicked compost for my veg patch.

Wiggly Favourite and Why?
Number Two: Clog box, I put it up about a month ago and has a pair of blue tits in already.

Wiggly Favourite and Why?
Number Three: My wild strawberry plant because the bugs love it and the fruit is amazing.

Wiggly Favourite and Why?
Number Four: Cowslip , just because it loves my garden and looks great.

Wiggly Favourite and Why?
Number Five: Love the podcasts, always make me smile my fav has got to be the one on the combine with Phil.

Thanks to Steven. If you would like to send me in your Wiggly Top 5, I would love to receive them.