It was a beautiful sunny afternoon so I went for a short walk round the walls of Little Crosby. Starting from Hall Road I followed the newly surfaced Dibb Lane heading for the village of Little Crosby. I then turned right to follow the road with the park wall on my left to reach the Liverpool Lodge gates. These are topped with a pair of rampant lions from the Blundell’s of Crosby family crest.
As I turned through the kissing gate at the end of the wall I spotted a flower that I did not recognise.
I think it is Columbine, Aquilegia vulgaris. I normally associate Aquilegia with a garden plant so perhaps this is an escapee.
In herbalism columbine was considered sacred to Venus. Carrying a posy of it was said to arouse the affections of loved ones. Nicholas Culpepper in his famous herbal recommended the seeds should be taken in wine to speed up the process of childbirth. In modern herbal medicine it is still used as an astringent and diuretic.
I continued alongside the walls of the estate and spotted a clump of tiny caterpillars on some stinging nettles. Probably the Small Tortoiseshell. I must go back in a few weeks to investigate,
It was pleasant walking with open fields to my right and I soon reached Back Lane which I followed back to the village and the church,
St Mary’s Church was consecrated in 1847 and was built in the early-decorated Gothic style.
from here it was just a short stroll back along Dibb Lane to my car.