A Passing Fad

Flowers of lungwort or soldiers and sailors
Lungwort or soldiers and sailors

Here’s an opportunity for you, perhaps – if you are one of those ever ready to dispense fashion advice to the unaware.

At one time it was very a la mode to charge into battle, through the mud and the blood – not to mention dismembered bodies of man and animal, wearing a nice bright red uniform. Some say it was because, being that colour, it wouldn’t show the blood. Personally, I’m more inclined to believe that at a time of hand to hand slaughter, and with your ability to communicate being directly proportional to how loud you could shout, a uniform of a distinctive hue gave the general or duke in charge a slim extra margin when it came to staying in amongst their own troops.

In the navy, on the other hand, our side would normally be crouching down behind the same wooden walls all together. This meant that being able to differentiate between us and them was a much more straightforward issue. Naval uniforms of the period tended to be blue, designed around criteria that didn’t include being able to tell friend from foe. (Although, it is worth mentioning, that this is always a useful attribute).

So, today’s picture is of Soldiers and Sailors, so named because of the plant’s sense of fashion, but it is also known as Lungwort, after its white spotty leaves.


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