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  "A woodland in full colour is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart."— Hal Borland

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I did it again this year. Booked another walking week with Paul after the nice walking week I had last year. Might do it again next year.

- Lenie B, Switzerland


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Walking blog: The philosophy of walking

Local flower names

bacon n eggs or old ladies toenails
Bacon and eggs and God almighty’s thumb and finger are but two of the localized names for birds foot trefoil. Care of Plantlives, Sue Eland’s wonderful website, birdsfoot trefoil’s other names include granny’s toenails, kitty two shoes, dutchman’s clogs, bunny rabbit’s ears, boxing gloves and many more.
What’s in a name? Linnaeus in the 18th Century simultaneously made the identification of plants both definitive and universal whilst making it that little less localized, creative and dare I say, fun.
What of that well-known and hackneyed slogan “Act local, think global”? In this instance it relegated and marginalized the impact of recognizing backyard botany to become subservient to the understanding of the distribution of species globally. In short, it took the fun out of looking at flowers.
The thrill of the chase is what excites me whilst the hunt is normally pursued in ones own backyard. Who remembers I-spy books on every subject from cars and dogs to tools and road signs? It is possible that the origins of the weird and wonderful local names of flowers came via a story that was linked to a precise locality or just the inventiveness of someone’s creative process. Whatever the process was regarding local names, we should never forget them. On my walks, the strangest of local flower names often brings about smiles, new unheard of localized names from my guests from around the globe and more importantly, a discussion and story swap about the plants uses, appearance and other qualitative attributes.
Unraveling why a local name has been used is often as creative as the inspiration behind its original naming. So don’t get bogged down in its botanical (and latin) name and then move on having checked it off the list. Absorb its local meaning wherever that is. You can then go around the country and get umpteen stories for the price of one plant…if you go for local and not global naming.
 Check this amazing website resource.

 http://www.plantlives.com/docs/L/Lotus_corniculatus.pdf