Many will recognise this beautiful, delicate wild flower, but most folks won’t know very much at all about it. This is Pulmonaria officinalis aka Lungwort (or, Common Lungwort), it’s predominantly an open woodland plant, one of the first to flower in early Spring.
Lungwort is what’s known in horticultural circles as an ‘ancient’ wild flower. Many moons ago, in medieval times, its leaves were used to make a form of ‘medicinal tea’ that was reputed to cure severe chest infections, such as bronchitis. Whether or not it works, I don’t know, but Tom commented that he might test it at some point in the near future, to find out if it will hold his emphysema at bay, Bless him!
Yesterday, as Spring was very much in evidence with wonderfully warm sunshine, singing birds, buzzing bees and sunbathing lizards, two of my menfolk and I enjoyed the hobby that all four of us took up when we first became hobos in France, we went woodland walking!
Sadly, Tom is no longer able to enjoy this pleasurable family quality time, his health has deteriorated very swiftly since we were forced to take to the tent in 2008. But, he remains at our ‘home base’, wherever that might be at the time, and he makes the tea when we arrive back!
We take photos as we walk, mostly of wildlife and other natural topics, and those pics are a great source of pleasure to us all as we drink ‘Tom’s brew’ and look at the pics together!
Life is what we make of it, and the vast swathes of forestry, meadowland, rivers and gorges, mountains and lakes, across France, are inspiring, even for hobos!