Again it’s been seriously soggy outside but this hasn’t dampened my enthusiasm for searching bits of beauty in the Harris garden. The Lupin leaves and all their hairs have collected the rain in pretty stunning ways. The name Lupin comes from the Greek word to take as these guys were considered bad for your soil; now we know the opposite, they are a legume and have nitrogen fixing roots and positively benefit poor soils. Another great plant for collecting water on its leaves is the Lady mantle. This water was collected by apothecary’s in medieval times for use in potions because of its believed magical qualities. 700 years later I think its Just looks great and would take ages to fill a kettle.
The Picea breweriana pictured above also held onto the dew and rain rather nicely; it actually looks like an Allium that grows in the garden in June- this may be a bit of a stretch of the imagination now but when I post the in the summer hopefully I will be vindicated.
It may have been soggy but the volunteers still worked hard; some collecting a wild Lamium from the Wilderness, making paths and planting hoary plantain with me and Peter. You can see the Primroses in the North American woodland border and the vols drinking tea in the back ground.