Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Willowherb Wednesday

For a very patient lady...

Greater Willowherb, Epilobium hirsutum
Also known as Codlins and Cream
This plant self seeds in the garden at Tense Towers, but in 2012 it chose a very shaded location. The result was a rather late flowering (I was expecting it weeks ago). Still, a promise has finally been honoured, a weight of expectation lifted, and in a kind of Yin and Yang way, I reckon that would appeal to Mr Cobweb.

Sorry, but if you've not been paying attention, then this post will make even less sense than normal!

2 comments:

Katie (Nature ID) said...

Thanks, Mr. Cobweb! That surely is a purdy flower. Just image googled "codlin" and discovered it's a primarily green apple. Strange. Why'd they end up in the compost?

Imperfect and tense said...

To answer your questions:

1. Apparently the bruised plant has a smell reminiscent of boiled apples.
2. They were 5' high and growing at the front of the flower border!

Unfortunately, I only discovered fact 1 this afternoon, several days too late to carry out a little olfactory experiment.