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Lady's Smock (Cardamine pratensis)

By teocali
“When daisies pied and violets blue,
And lady-smocks all silver-white,
And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue
Do paint the meadows with delight”

William Shakespeare

Cardamine pratensis known as lady's smock was considered to be a fairy flower and for this reason was never taken into the house. It was never used in May Day garlands or wedding bouquets for if it was then ‘surely the fairies would steal you away and be never seen again.’

Being one of the large mustard family the plant was used as a substitute for water cress having a similar peppery taste.
It was named Cuckoo Flower because its flowers appeared when the cuckoo started to sing.
Sometimes referred to as Our Lady's Smock and said to represent the Virgin Mary in Christianity.
Other names include: Milkmaids, Lady's Smock, Cuckoo Flower, Bread and Milk and Meadow Cress.


Many thanks for your support of my last upload and my best wishes to you all for a very Happy Easter Smile

Tags: Plant Flower Close-up and macro Cuckoo flower Milkmaid Cardamine pratensis Ladys smock Bread and Milk Meadow Cress

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Comments


JohnoP 11 2
17 Apr 2014 1:13PM
Just stunning work Sylvia.....such an appealing image....and love the accompanying poem and narrative! Smile John (Happy Easter!)

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17 Apr 2014 1:29PM
This is lovely. Delicate pastel blowing in the breeze.
ColleenA Plus
4 318 4 Australia
17 Apr 2014 1:34PM

Quote:Just stunning work Sylvia.....such an appealing image....and love the accompanying poem and narrative! Smile John (Happy Easter!)

Beautifully captured...love the colours
Griff2012 4 363 1 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2014 1:49PM
A favourite of mine - lovely imagery. Thank you for the poem too, Smile Jacqui
Greyheron Plus
14 282 7 England
17 Apr 2014 2:22PM
Beautifully done Sylvia - delicious background and sumptuous complimentary colours throughout - a stunner …

Mike
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
17 Apr 2014 3:34PM
A beautiful floral image and accompanied by an interesting narrative,
R.
DonMc 8 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2014 4:51PM
Fantastic and sensitive image Sylvia!SmileSmileSmile
Don
viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2014 9:10PM
Beautiful light and colours Sylvia.

Phil.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
17 Apr 2014 9:29PM
An exquisite floral image Sylvia, a real joy to view
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2014 10:57PM
Very pretty a great capture
Trev_B 9 148 68 England
18 Apr 2014 9:56AM
So you do flowers as well as you do wildlife SylviaWink gorgeous colours and atmosphere.

Happy Good FridaySmile

Trev
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
26 May 2014 4:02PM
beautiful soft light on the fragile flowers. a very delightful shot!

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