A Flying Visit in May 2013

So we arrived at ourlittlehouseinfrance around midday Sunday 26th May, after our Ryan Air flight into Bergerac. (Again another on time flight!!!).  We settled in straight away and our son rushed off to check on his French friends.  We have a lovely neighbour who lets us borrow her sit on mower so off we set to get petrol, initially without any money, so we had a little detour around the local villages and then back for the wallet.  Then the wheel fell off so that was the end of the mowing until a part can be purchased.
Anyway my fig tree cuttings haven’t taken. Very sad about this but determined to have a garden full of fig trees ever since the beautiful fig near to us was chopped down last year.
The garden in images taken with iPhone. Big camera too BIG to bring on plane.
Our grape vines

Our grape vines

Pink Salix

Pink Salix

Cherry Tree

Cherry Tree

Prunes

Prunes

Lady Lace

Lady Lace

Lady Lace

Lady Lace

Lady Lace

Lady Lace

Lady Lace

Lady Lace

Anthriscus  Sylvestris
Plenty of ‘cow parsley’.  Cow Parsley or Lady Lace as I’ve always known it is a beautiful wild flower that certainly grows in abundance in North Yorkshire.  I once had a pony called ‘Ginger’, a lovely natured Welsh chestnut roan, and he absolutely adored Lady Lace. You couldn’t ride him past a bunch without him grabbing a mouthful and if you stopped, he would have to polish off the lot.
I have been doing some research into this plant which I thought I knew well from childhood memories.  It is prolific at this time of year and can be seen scattered along the side of the road or in hedgerows. It is apparently  a biennial.  A biennial, is a plant that takes two years to flower from seed: it puts on leaves, stems and roots during the first year and then flowers the following summer.  Once they have flowered they die.  It is also referred to as ‘umbelliferous’ which means that its  flowers bloom on the end of short, spoke-like stems radiating from a central stem.
Lady Lace is everywhere this year and has also been trending at Chelsea Flower Show.  Here it is below being included in the Brewin-Dolphin garden.
Brewin-Dolphin Garden Chelsea 2013

Brewin-Dolphin Garden Chelsea 2013

The shape of the plant adds architectural structure to a border, without being too dense or heavy.  It is also the latest must have perennial for many London parks right now, yes Lady Lace really is en vogue.  Whether common or posh, it is a very successful garden plant as it can weather our cold springs and very late frosts.
But beware, this beautiful plant is also very similar to the deadly Hemlock plant and as little as 8 leaves of this plant can prove fatal. See http://www.woodland-ways.co.uk/blog/wild-food-diaries/plant-russian-roulette/
I rushed out into our French garden and am relieved to say that our wild flowers below are the innocent Lady Lace. Gorgeous.
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3 thoughts on “A Flying Visit in May 2013

  1. Umbel – Latin word – to describe these flower shapes – root of English word – Umbrella.

    Are your vines on your fence or inside the garden?

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