“make a silk purse of a sow’s ear”

make a silk purse of a sow’s ear

Etymology

Coined by Stephen Gosson in 1579 in the book The Ephemerides of Phialo: Deuided Into Three Bookes p62v

Verb

  1. Often expressed in theproverbial form: you can’t make a silk purse of a sow’s ear

 

Translations

to produce something of value, from something which is of little value

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My gardens are such an attempt. Trying to produce them from a woodland patch of thistles, moss and ferns.  It is an ongoing process with varying degrees of success and failure.

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I decided to put some flowers in the centre of the labyrinth

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Daisy, my mother’s favourite

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Lupins have been a huge challenge. Said to be easily grown and possibly invasive, I have had great difficulty getting them to grow.

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A member of the brown eyed susan family of vines

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and so it continues,

Until next time,

Ellecee

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