in my garden | wandering sailor

Cymbalaria muralis: can often be seen on dry-stone walls. It actually arrived in this country as stowaway seed in packaging around imported Italian sculptures several centuries ago. Tiny scalloped green leaves form a flat mat, studded by miniature mauve-purple snapdragon-like flowers in spring.

Kenilworth Ivy Cymbalaria

Also known as ivy-leaved toadflax, Kenilworth ivy, coliseum ivy, Oxford ivy, mother of thousands, and pennywort.Kenilworth Ivy Cymbalaria (1)

(in my garden will be an irregular series of things discovered that don’t really fit into any other category.)


  1. beetleypete says:

    Nice colourful climber there, Jude.(We finally have some sun here, after much murk!)
    Regards as always, Pete. x

  2. Wandering sailor eh? Its alternate name should be perhaps father (rather than mother) of thousands! Or is that unjustifiable profiling?

  3. Joanne Sisco says:

    What a lovely little plant. The name *ivy* I will remember, although all it’s various modifiers have already been forgotten … but *toadflax* is interesting. I might remember that one!!

  4. restlessjo says:

    Very pretty! Are you missing it yet? (the garden 🙂 )

    1. Heyjude says:

      I am. Feeling very tired today, maybe I am all travelled out?

      1. restlessjo says:

        Yes- it’s a lot of traveling. I’ve been a little idle myself this past day or two. Meeting Carol at your old favourite Great Ayton on Friday. Rest up, chuck! Soon be homeward bound. 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          Will you be taking her up Roseberry Topping? I ❤ that name 🙂

        2. restlessjo says:

          Might do the walk up to the Monument. She’s doing the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby first and I think it’ll take them most of the day to look around Whitby. Coming to Great Ayton for ‘afternoon tea’ and it’ll depend on her husband and daughter too. I doubt she’s ever heard of the Topping but she soon will. 🙂

        3. Heyjude says:

          Well it is a nice walk UP to the monument – I hope the weather is suitable. We did it (me and the younger boys at the time) in snow!

        4. restlessjo says:

          Ah, but you were fit (???) then 🙂 🙂 Your text arrived by the way. Sunshine? Lucky b…! Sent your Barcelona email while I remembered.

        5. Heyjude says:

          Fitter, definitely 🙂 Sunshine came to an end this evening, but it seems to have stopped raining now.

        6. restlessjo says:

          Just watched Andy/Dimitrov in a charity match in Glasgow. Doubles with the Murrays coming up next. Good fun 🙂 Writing up Holyrood Palace in between.

        7. Heyjude says:

          Doubles is good. I never got to Holyrood so will enjoy that post.

        8. restlessjo says:

          Dimitrov in a kilt and a lot of fun. Algarve next Wednesday and I think you’ll have enough photos from this trip to make TW last indefinitely 🙂 🙂

  5. KerryCan says:

    I saw a lot of interesting little plants growing on stone walls when in Cornwall. I do wish this sort of thing would grow here, in upstate New York.

  6. Geez, any wonder I can’t get my head around plants. So many names. Mind you, it probably means that I could call it Fecundilis Ivy and no one would dispute me.

    1. Heyjude says:

      You could. And they wouldn’t. Unless you run into Steve of course, who not only knows his plants, but is also a wordsmith…

      1. I won’t tell him if you don’t.

  7. How fortuitous that it stowed away! It’s lovely. 🙂

  8. Lucid Gypsy says:

    How many plants are called ‘mother of thousands? 🙂 I’m glad you notice tiny things as well, they are little miracles. How much longer are you travelling Jude? it does get a bit wearing especially if you’re driving. Did you get my email and id it help? Not long now!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes thanks Gilly – sent it on to my daughter to have a look at too. And yes, I am ready for my own bed now!

  9. I’ve heard of Mother of Thousands, but I’m sure it doesn’t look like that. This one is very pretty.

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