The pictures above show Ransoms or Ramsons (Allium ursinum) – a kind of wild garlic. My neighbour upstairs uses the leaves to wrap parcels of stuffed steamed rice; other people use them for soups or to make pesto. The white starry flowers  look pretty against the broad glossy leaves, and they often occur en masse in the shade beneath trees in Spring. They were amongst the first flowers to greet villagers out for a walk from the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown in March, at about the same time or shortly after the bluebells started blooming. Both kinds of flowers share the same habitat and are still flowering although a bit past their best now.

Bluebells in Charlton Down

7 Replies to “Daily Walk in Difficult Times 33”

  1. I couldn’t get into a good position to sniff them – not so agile anymore. Hope they spread in future years (I think they flower every other year) then I may not have to bend to appreciate their perfume.

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  2. When I saw that these plants are called Ramsons and were a kind of wild garlic I immediately wondered if they were similar to Ramps here in the eastern U.S. Our Allium tricoccum is a close relative but don’t remember seeing it flowering. Apparently it flowers later after the leaves have died back.

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  3. There are many varities and I suppose that your Ramps are the equivalent of our Ramsons or Ransoms. I have not heard of any plants that flower after the leaves have died. That seems counter-intuitive. Surely the germinating seeds need the leaves to generate food to fatten them up?

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  4. It does seem counterintuitive. Our walking path through the woods goes through a patch of ramps and I just don’t associate a flower with them. I consulted my spouse who is far more knowledgeable than I on such things, and she didn’t either. Descriptions in her books and on-line indicated the ramps’ late bloomer status. Curiosity aroused, I’ll now look for them! Thanks for the discussion. Take care.

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