The Cowslip

“…The flowery May, who from
her green lap throws
The yellow cowslip and the pale primrose.
Hail, bounteous May that dost inspire
Mirth and Youth and warm desire…”
~ John Milton. Song on a May Morning [partial]


Cowslips are a later flowering cousin of the primrose. It was once so common that it was strewn along paths at a wedding. Now in sharp decline you can help boost the numbers by planting clumps in a cottage-style garden.


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