Cramond Botanicals

On our third visit to Cramond, we are still too early for the raspberries; their green nubs are still too young to be sweet. A brown and orange butterfly, a Meadow Brown, rests for a moment on a leaf as the bees buzz noisily between the purple wildflowers. When I go home, I furtively look up the wildflowers we have seen and read their names aloud:

Creeping Thistle,


Devil’s-bit Scabious,

Wood Avens,



Sweet Cicely,


Cow Parsley,

Lady’s Mantle

and most prolific Purple Loosestrife, seas of its tall elegant neck vivid against the green ferns.



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