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Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Cow-slip? Or Cow's Lip? Now I know...

...or at least I think I do.

This has always bothered me - is it cow-slip, or is it cow's - lip: no-one has ever been able to tell me. They all just say cowzzlip and leave it at that.

But I have an enquiring mind.

Today I have been researching the humble Primrose, Primula vulgaris, and you know how it is with researching on the internet, you get distracted by all sorts of side issues.  It's wonderful, in so many ways, and I so envy those lucky souls who have managed to find a way to be paid to be botanists and NOT have to write reports, show results, etc. The ones who can just "do research" and maybe publish a paper now and again. Lucky beasts... grrr.... also to a lesser extent I envy those who are retired and can do what they want with their time - although of course if I just wait around long enough, my time will also come.


Anyway, today I was not able to work due to the weather, so I chained myself to the computer and while looking at Primroses,  I was slightly detoured onto the Cowslip, Primula veris, and this is what good old Wikipedia has to say:

Well, that answers that question. It's cow-slip. Good oh!

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