In 1906, an advertisement was published in the Journal of Botany extolling the virtues of Gentiana verna as "the queen of all known alpine plants in the whole world.
It is the only known flower in existence that exhilarates the heart and mind of the fair sex".
Leaving aside such a bizarre claim, this underlines the high esteem in which this plant has long been held, and not just by gardeners.
Gentiana verna can still be found growing wild in western Ireland, and also on the calcium-rich grasslands of Upper Teesdale in County Durham.
In spring, aquiline epimedium flowers tremble like tightrope walkers on a high wire as they teeter above the bare earth.Zebra Finance is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Customers who are eligible for a 4 month finance break can expect to make their first payment in October 2016, if purchase is completed in June 2016. If a customer agrees to buy a selected unit using Zebra Finance, they will be eligible for a 3 month finance break which includes the month in which they part exchanged their holiday home. This offer is available on all holiday homes at all Parkdean Resorts holiday parks. This offer is available for loans up to the value of £25,000. This offer is available in conjunction with the ‘Free 2017 Pitch Fees’ offer. This sale is subject to Parkdean Holiday Park Limited’s usual terms and conditions which will be provided upon request. The Promoter reserves the right to hold void, cancel, suspend or amend the promotion where it becomes necessary to do so. Insofar as is permitted by law, the Promoter, its agents or distributors will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the customer or accept liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the offer items except where it is caused by the negligence of the Promoter, its agents or distributors or that of their employees. The offer is available to customers who currently own a holiday home at any Parkdean Resorts holiday park. If a customer agrees to part exchange a selected unit they will receive free pitch fees for 2017 on completion of the sale. Pitch fees vary between the holiday parks and the pitches. See separate terms and conditions for these offers. This offer is available for sales completed from 3rd October 2016 to 30th November 2016. This offer is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash or voucher alternative is offered. This offer applies to 2017 pitch fees only and does not include any other costs associated with owning a holiday home, including but not limited to, the supply of gas and electricity. This offer is available on all holiday homes and all Parkdean Resorts holiday parks. Customers are deemed to have accepted and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions on completion of the sale. This offer will be governed by English law and customers submit to the jurisdiction of the English courts. The Promoter of the offer is Park Resorts Limited of 3 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8YZ Owners part exchange - deposits from £99: ~The Buy Now Pay Later offer is only valid on sales completed between 1st June 2016 and 30th June 2016.The spring gentian, Gentiana verna, is one of these.Native to mountainous parts of Europe, it is grown in rock beds and troughs in many parts of this country.