return to ragged robin

Mrs Turnstone is still talking about Magdalene College’s Ragged Robin plantation. One way and another, that sent me to Keble Martin’s Flora, which gave me the Latin name: Lychnis flos-cuculi L., or the cuckoo’s flower. Since this was named by Linnaeus himself, I guess the Swedes, like their German neighbours, associate this plant with the bird of spring and summer, rather than our winter companion. And when the North Wind doth blow, what does the Swedish robin do then, poor thing?


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