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Morning Dew

June 30th, 2008

I always enjoy walking around the gardens in the morning while the dew is still on the plants. Last week I snapped some photos of dew on a few flowers. This is Snow Crystals Sweet Alyssum, it’s less that 2 inches tall (it would be a bit taller, but I often find the Chiots laying on it).

Lady’s Mantle is one of my favorite plants, last year I ordered some seeds from Richters in Canada and set out to start my own. I only got 3 plants out of it, but I love them. It’s so much more satisfying when you can start your own plants from seeds. The plants are still small, but they’re doing beautifully this year.

I’m hoping next year they’ll start seeding down around the gardens. One of the great things about Lady’s Mantle is the soft fuzzy leaves and the way the leaves hold dew in the morning. Just beautiful. CAUTION, you may want your own Lady’s Mantle after you see these photos!

This is one of the small inner leaves that is just beginning to unfurl.

2 Comments to “Morning Dew”
  1. Niamh on December 10, 2010 at 7:17 am

    What a beautiful shot. I would love to use it with your permissioin in a leaflet for the Wise Woman Weekend in Ireland.
    It’s in May next year and is a not for profit event run by volunteers.

    Did you know that sucking the dew off the ladys mantle in the first full moon of May bestows everlasting beauty? An old custom of celtic origen…

    The drops around the edge aren’t dew, they’re the juice from inside the plant I think. They have a name, but i forget it. They look fantastic.

    Next time have a sip!!
    If you don’t mind me using the photo let me know, if not no worries.
    Thank you.
    Niamh

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  2. Susy on December 10, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Feel free to use it, thanks for the info – I love to know little things like this.

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