Hanky Panky

Ha! I have heard it said that “the Devil makes work for idle hands,” maybe he does, I don’t know about that. Today we are going to talk about Monkey Business, of the botanical kind.

I just want to mention the star of today’s show.

NicholasPretending to be Old Nick himself, this beautiful little innocent is one of our ASBO lambs. Born into the wild, this one has survived. I just met him about an hour ago and I was struck by his inner beauty.

I wish he was mine πŸ™‚

Let’s talk about flowers (and hanky panky)

Primroses are lovely.

PrimroseNo question about that.

The Cowslip is so tall and strong.

CowslipHandsome even, that is just another word for beautiful.



Should we leave them alone together?

I don’t know how much that you know about the birds and the bees but if you leave Primroses and Cowslips alone together then there is a very fair chance that they will get up to Hanky Panky.

False OxlipThis is a flower called the False Oxlip, real Oxlips are very rare and a species in their own right. A False Oxlip is the result of a liaison between a Primrose and a Cowslip. We are not here to judge.

False Oxlip

False Oxlip

False OxlipIt seems to me to be a very beautiful offspring.

His mum was not what I would call a looker.

ASBO mumBut I noticed his sister.

SisterBeautiful animals.

25 thoughts on “Hanky Panky”

  1. Beltane fire for you? I think that sheep is a good looker; looks like a nice coat of wool he has there. Who knew flowers would do hanky panky…….well, you did, of course!


  2. It is an important day, Colin. My birthday. It used to be a national holiday in my honour. And as a man of Wales I am of course inordinately fond of sheep. 😳

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    1. Thank you Gigi πŸ™‚ I liked that little black one so much if he had been a bit older I might have stolen him. I wonder if my Landlord would notice a Ram in my flat? He didn’t notice the butterflies.


    1. Thank you Eliza πŸ™‚ I agree, the hybrid makes a very nice little flower. I don’t see them very often though. Primroses seem to grow best in the shade and the Cowslips like the sun, so there are not that many places where I find them growing together.

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  3. So do I assume that primrose and cowslip are in the same family and if so how close is the relationship and the lambs are certainly beautiful and so is the false oxlip

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    1. Thank you John πŸ™‚ Primula veris and Primula vulgaris, the Cowslip and the Primrose are very closely related and P. veris x vulgaris = P. polyantha.


    1. Thank you RR πŸ™‚ He is a little devil. I do hope that somebody sees the value in him and that he has a good life. He was just outside of the gate to the field where we keep our own sheep yesterday. I could so easily have opened it for him. The trouble is that he would stick out a little bit amongst our white sheep πŸ™‚


  4. You are right about the goings on in the primula family! We have primroses in our ditches (fairly recent arrivals) and cowslips in the grass. Since the primroses arrived we have had such a selection of primulas growing in the garden – all shapes and sizes – all different! The lambs are adorable and their Mum (though not a looker) has a nice face.

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