This post was brought about by a post of Karen's from An Artist's Garden. Her post is called 'GBBD in an alternative universe' and shows some of the beauty of what we call weeds in our carefully tended gardens (or not so carefully tended, in my case). Her photo of cow parsley reminded me that a colleague I used to work with in Suffolk always referred to cow parsley as Cow Mumble. He assured me that it was commonly called that where he came from and not just a random name that he alone used.
Thanks to Karen's memory jog and the power of the internet, I discover that he wasn't having me on. This website dedicated to umbellifers (or apiaceae as we now have to call them) lists some of the local names for cow parsley. And lo - cow mumble appears! And it's been in use since 1822 or perhaps even earlier.
I've been searching on the internet to see if there is a website which has collated lots of local names for wild flowers, but haven't been able to find anything. Do you know of any great websites? Alternatively, what local names do you have for wild flowers?
According to this web site, now I live in Cheshire, I should be calling cow parsley Devil's Parsley. I prefer cow mumble.