Day 169: lady's mantle

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


From delicate young foliage that will capture and display a drop of morning dew to its very best effect in late spring, to a much more significant, almost swaggering presence in the garden by mid summer, there’s no ignoring lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis), whether or not you consider it a weed. I wouldn’t be without it – it catches the baton dropped by fading euphorbias and splashes that wonderful chartreuse green about the garden, and if it seeds about a little liberally, well – free plants, and such lovely ones. Not so lovely in high summer admitedly, when they’ll require a brutal cutting back to the ground, but a second flush of fresh leaves (and quite possibly flowers if you’re in luck) will appear in short measure.

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