The yellow bog asphodel flower is now coming into bloom in the Cowsick area of Blacka. This year should be a good show because the plants have not been trampled by SWT's clumsy and intrusive cattle; they took the appeal off the display last year. Why the cattle are not there is something of a mystery but welcome all the same. SWT have been coy about recent events including the removal of sheep from the pasture. As all of the last three contacts at SWT have left the organisation it's not so easy to find out what they are up to.
Asphodel is named after the place in the underworld occupied by the souls of those who don't merit eternal punishment but are not up to the standards needed to admit them to the Elysian Fields. The Asphodel Meadows is a rather non descript sort of place according to some. This hardly does justice to one of the flowers of bright colour and real distinctive shape on Blacka. Perhaps those who named it were attracted to the pretty sounding word.