I've been to our local City Farm this morning, the animals are great for the kids to look at but my main motivation in going is to ogle the allotments! Today, having had a lovely chat with a lady gardener over the fence of her plot, I came down the hill to find the remnants of a plant sale (take what you want, leave the money in the postbox by the gate).
So, swayed by the lovely old-fashioned names, I've come home with 3 Sweet Cicely* (Myrrhis odorata) plants for £1 (£5.50 each at Jekka McVicar) and 2 Sweet Woodruff which was also labelled as Lady's Bedstraw.
Trouble is, having looked up the plants when I got home to see what I'd got, Sweet Woodruff is Galium odorata (white flowers through until snow, excellent spreading ground cover for shade, wonderful scent with dried flowers used in pot-pourri) and Lady's Bedstraw is Galium verum (sprawling stems up to 120cm, yellow flowers can be used as a flea deterrent and also used to curdle milk for cheese making). Yikes! I wonder which one I've just bought?
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