A cold and wet day here in Malvern, so instead of venturing up the garden to find this week’s bloom, I reached out of the front door and picked up the pot of cowslips I bought last week.  I’ve always loved seeing cowslips growing wild on roadside verges and wanted to add a few to my garden this spring.


The pot looks rather lovely on my desk until the weather improves.


The botanical name is Primula veris and apparently it has a very long history of medicinal use.


I have also just discovered that the cowslip is the county flower of four English counties; two of which, namely Surrey and Worcestershire, have been home for me for the past 21 years.

I’m pleased to report I was back at the sewing machine today, after a protracted absence involving school holidays, bouts of chicken pox and workmen in the house.  I need to make lots of lampshades as stock for the forthcoming RHS Malvern Spring Gardening Show (8-11 May).

Have a great week.

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