“In A Cowslip Bell I Lie”.
William Shakespeare – Tempest.
I felt very nostalgic upon seeing these gorgeous little cowslip flowers a few days ago. It reminded me of my childhood in Yorkshire, England. When the pastures and meadows were full of cowslips in the spring time.
The Cowslip Primrose is a herbaceous perennial plant from the Primrose family and can be found throughout Europe and Asia. The name could be derived from Ancient English for cow dug due to the flower being found in cow pastures. Or it could just be a name for boggy ground.
It was mentioned by Pliny the Elder for its lovely early flowering, at that time it was used as a ritual plant.
The cowslip leaves can be used as a salad or the flower for flavouring wine and vinegars.
Very rarely seen in England now.
Here in the Perigord the flower can be found in the woodland area’s or wet meadows.
A gorgeous little wild flower.
Sarlat, Giant Easter Egg Hunt in the medieval quarter over the Easter weekend.
Jardine de Marqueyssac, Easter Egg Hunt Easter Sunday and Monday in the afternoons.