8th May 2017

Yellow Pimpernel- I prefer this pretty ground-hugging wild flower, of damp woodland edges and open ground, in the garden, to its’ garden cousin Creeping Jenny, which can be so invasive. One of the Lysimachia family, Yellow Pimpernel was named after the Macedonian general Lysimachus, (3rd century BC) who reputedly fed it to his oxen to calm them down! Its common name, Wood Loosestrife also references this quality, of leaving strife behind.It was also used to relieve pain. Conditions: Another cool, cloudy, rainless day. April was the driest on record for ten years. Temperature: Max 13- Min 6 c.

Yellow Pimpernel

Yellow Pimpernel or Wood Loosestrife

Yellow Loosestrife

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