Friday, 22 June 2018

A shout out for Chickweed Wintergreen

Gosh I can't wait to show you what I found in Clochandighter Woods this week ...

Come here and look at these pretty white flowers!

They do look a bit like wood anemones, but they bloom later, in early summer, and have oval leaves and pointy petals. Just like little stars twinkling in a galaxy of greenery, don't you think?

The plant is called chickweed wintergreen.

You won't come across chickweed wintergreen in the southern parts of the UK. It likes our cooler Scottish temperatures.

Rather insultingly, I feel, the website NatureGate describes chickweed wintergreen's sexual reproduction as "quite inefficient'". Well that's as maybe, but it seems to be doing OK here on the fringe of this pine plantation, ignoring the sex business and happily cloning away without so much as a word of encouragement from Sir Ian Wilmut.  And anyway, plant sex sounds rather boring doesn't it? All that hanging around waiting for a pollinator to show up. Not nearly such fun as us animals have! Might I mention here this hot wee spaniel I met in the park the other day? Phwoar, she was gorgeous. AND she smelled a like a bitch in a state to enjoy a good time, if you know what I mean....

What's that Gail? I am straying off topic? Well OK, so that's enough for this Flower Friday. Must hurry away and find something new for next week!


  1. oh they look like little stars... maybe that's your pawsonal walk of fame?

  2. Hari om
    Crikey Bertie lad, that was a raunchy repawt today!!! :-) the flowers are little gems, hanks for finding them, hugs and wags YAM-aunty xxx

  3. The chickweed wintergreen is so delicate and pretty! Have a superFun Friday, Bertie!

  4. OMCs Bertie Chickweed Wintergreen is a mouth full for such an itty bitty little posie
    But we thoroughly enjoyed meeting it and learning about it. for sure with the arrival of the Horrible Triplets, Hot Hazy and Humid it would never ever make it here in the Southern US of A
    Hugs and might I add loved seeing your romp about your bfff Madi

  5. Another great post. We don't mind that you 'strayed' from the subject a those little starry flowers.

  6. What an interesting post, Bertie!!! You made us all chuckle. Those pretty little flowers are too pretty to be called chickweeds.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  7. Why, Bertie, you wax poetic!

  8. We do like your pretty little white flowers!
    Hazel & Mabel

  9. Bertie - lady says this post proves you and she will be fast friends!

  10. TeeHeeHee...Feeling frisky on Flower Friday Bertie??

    Thanks for teaching us more about sure is a pretty flower!
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  11. BOL! Oh Bertie, your Spaniel lass sounds FABulous! Maybe you should show her your Chickweed Wintergreen flower garden.....nothin' like talkin' plant sex to gets a gal in the mood...heheheeee
    Ruby ♥

  12. Bertie - I'm shocked and disappointed in you ! How could you be so faithless to all those girls, like myself, who think you're wonderful, and pine for your affections?
    OK, I'll admit that I'm a bit far away to actually meet up with you, but you are forever in my heart !

    Inca xx

  13. I must say that plant sex is not boring at all if you live in a place with a lot of pine trees - the pollen was heavy enough when I was in such a place to turn my blue car greenish!

  14. Dear Bertie,

    I think flowers are mostly generally pretty boring... flower-sex or otherwise... I don't go for girl-dogs, but I did smell very flirty with a handsome, testosterone-smelling boy dog the other day!


  15. Hee hee, that was quite an interesting digression! What pretty little flowers.
    Jan & the crew at Wag 'n Woof Pets