Alchemilla or lady's mantle are tough plants with lime green veined leaves, scalloped and serrated on the edges. Sprays of small, yellow-green flowers appear in summer and autumn. Anyone can grow these plants and once you have one ,you will always have one, as they seed all over making them the epitome of a cottage garden plant. The flowers foam over the top of the pleasing foliage, that when wet, the droplets lay in beads as if the leaves were waterproof. The name comes from early alchemists view that the water droplets laying on these plants was the purest source for their use in trying to turn lead into gold.