It's been soooo difficult putting together a top twenty chart of my favourite wild flowers and there are lots and lots of runners up. But here goes.
Number 20: Ribwort Plantain
|plaintain viewed from above - not so plain after all!|
Why do I like plantains? well, my daughter has two baby tortoises to care for, they're too young to hibernate and they need fresh foliage all through the winter. Rhonda and Hermione are not allowed "Supermarket greens" because apparently they don't have the right balance of nutrients and so I have become hunter gatherer for a couple of reptiles. Ribwort plantain and Yarrow are just about the only wild plants on the "safe for tortoises to eat" list that are easy to find in January, hence, they are both in the top twenty.
Plantains remind me of a certain kind of person, there's one in nearly every organisation. Whatever the occasion they'll be there, but they're rarely noticed and even more rarely appreciated for what they have to offer. Another elderly relative had a favourite saying "squeaky gate gets the oil" meaning those who make the most noise get the most attention, but the quiet, nay seemingly insignificant ones, could well be the most useful