Frothy cow pars­ley dis­plays

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With its sub­tle spring colour and frag­ile beauty, cow pars­ley brings ex­u­ber­ance to gar­den dis­plays

“Again re­joic­ing na­ture sees Her robe as­sume its ver­nal hues: Her leafy looks wave in the breeze, All freshly steep’d in morn­ing dews.” Robert Burns, ‘Song Com­posed in Spring’

“Boun­ti­ful, beau­ti­ful, ap­par­ell’d gay, Whose man­tle, ev­ery shade of glanc­ing green, Flies back in fra­grant breezes to dis­play A tu­nic white as May!” Al­fred Lord Ten­nyson, ‘The Progress of Spring’

A froth of del­i­cate creamy-white um­bels and fern­like fo­liage spills out of a large rus­tic bas­ket. It adds a burst of spring colour and gen­tle aniseed fra­grance to en­joy from a sunny spot.

Arm­fuls of cow pars­ley and long grasses cre­ate a nat­u­ral run­ner. Lush and ful­some, it tum­bles over the ta­ble in a sim­ple but stun­ning cen­tre­piece for an out­door gather­ing.

The bold pa­pery pe­tals of anemones are paired with an ef­fer­ves­cent spray of cow pars­ley in a pot­tery vase.

Spice jars or other small glass con­tain­ers can be grouped to­gether for a minia­ture dis­play of fine-stemmed flo­ral clus­ters.

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