Tuesday, May 20, 2008

bugle is back

bugle is a common woodland plant and is flowering now. It is usually a mauve blue colour (top photo) but very occasionally it is pink and there is a small but persistent patch of pink bugle growing near Old Mill (bottom photo). It is not clear where its name comes from but it is possibly from bugulus, a thin glass pipe used in embroidery but I think this is getting one's etymological knickers in a twist and buegle is nothing to do with bugula. I await the definitive answer with interest. Of particular interest to Spot and me is that it was highly recommended for treating delirium tremens brought on by excessive ingestion of alcohol, and is a mild and effective narcotic. Eat it while it's still legal. (disclaimer ... Spot cannot beheld responsible for the wild ramblings on this site)

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