Now the weather is so much more reliable and there is a chance to actually sit in the garden and relax in the warmer weather, it is interesting to take a closer look at the flowers.
Some of the prettiest flowers are considered weeds, but does it really matter if they are weeds, when they can enhance a dull corner with their jewel like flowers. Taking a closer look at the intricate flowers one realises more and more the beauty and diversity of God’s creation. The pink and purple flowers of one little plant, which might be called a weed, are a joy to behold during the month of May and a little posy will enhance any little altar, set up in honour of Our Blessed Lady. The plant’s Latin name is pulmonaria or Lungwort but it has many other common names.
Mother Mary’s milk is another name as the white splashes on the leaves were supposed to have got there when Our Lady was feeding the infant Jesus and there was a small ‘accident’.
In Kington, Herefordshire, near the Welsh border Pulmonaria officinalis is called Spotted Mary
Joseph and Mary is a rather lovely title for this little plant. It could possibly be the colours of purple and blue so closely associated with Mary and Joseph.
Spring sky or Frühlingshimmel is not as descriptive as the other titles, but reflects the beauty that comes with the Spring and blue skies.
The name soldiers-and-sailors is used in Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan possibly because the pinky red and blue flowers appear on the one stem.
Monty Don has got it right when he says “pulmonarias are plants that work their way into your heart and I cannot imagine the early Spring border without them”.
There are surely other weeds or flowers which have names linked to Our Lord, Our Lady or the saint’s lives.
It would be interesting to see if members of Life Ascending come up with any other names for pulmonaris. This could make an interesting topic for a group meeting.