Sunday, April 19, 2009
Pulmonaria, otherwise known as Lungwort, Soldiers and Sailors, Spotted dog, Joseph and Mary, Jerusalem Cowslip, Bethlehem Sage, 肺草属 fei cao shu (they're Asian!) are among the first spring flowers, chez Charlier. These small jewels bedazzle one of the front beds and are some of my favorite early spring flowers.
Unfortunately the perky, self-righteous, showy, must-be-seen, screaming-for-attention daffodils are in the bed directly in front of them, so the lungwort don't get the attention they deserve. The daffodils shout spring and are noticeable in a drive-by. The lungwort, low-to-the-ground, dignified, quietly announcing the change of seasons, is a traffic-stopper for the stop-and-smell-the-roses crowd. Daffodils are more like the fast food of flowers. Just my opinion. You can start arguing now.