Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Rainy Wednesday...

Weve had lots of rain filling our water-butt today...

There have also been lots of smiles in the greenhouse today even though it is very rainy outside. Were not complaining as the garden is absolutley loving it! We have been pricking out our fennel and chilli seedlings and sowing some mor sweet peas to sell on our plant stall.  

Here is one of our alchemilla mollis (ladys Mantle), I love the way its dropplets of rain form on its fan shaped leaves. It is an herbaceous perennial plant native to southern Europe and grown throughout the world as an ornamental garden plant. It grows 30 to 45 cm (12 to 18 in) tall, with leaves that are palmately veined, with a scalloped and serrated margin. The chartreuse flowers are held in dense clusters above the foliage. It is one of my favorites in the garden.

According to some accounts, Lady's Mantle has been used for centuries as a herbal remedy. According to other authorities it has never been used medicinally, but has been confused with two species that have a history of medicinal use: A. alpina (Alpine lady's mantle) and A. xanthoclora.

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