Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Stuck in!

Fists things first....... A Happy Birthday to my Mum.  73 today!

We had high hopes of getting a walk this morning, but with drizzle falling and a strong, cool breeze blowing, we're stuck in for the moment.  So, here are some pics from earlier walks.  Firstly the Field Scabious (Knautia arvensis).  This one, growing along the old railway lines of West Hallam colliery.
Also known as Gypsy Rose, Blue Button and Lady’s Pincushion, they are a great favourite with the butterflies. The scientific name 'Knautia' is derived from the seventeenth century botanist Dr. Knaut and the common name 'Scabious' comes from it's once being thought of a cure for scabies, a blood purifier and treatment for eczema and other skin diseases.
Secondly, the Yarrow (Achillea millefolium).
I have mentioned the ancient uses of this plant for treating the wounds of injured soldiers, but it was also used for treating nose bleeds.  Conversely, it was once thought to be the harbinger of death in Wales.  It was thought that if this plant was brought into the house, death would follow!
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