Summer, Summer

overgrownWe have been to Scarborough with all our family, four children, and two grand-daughters – it was hard work, but fun. We had a lovely house with enough space for everyone to spread out, and we had great weather – most of the time!

But now we are back and my truanting has caught me out. Everything is lush and overgrown and needs dead-heading, cutting back, pruning, potting on, propagating or harvesting.

Some things haven’t done too badly. The chamomile lawn is bulking up nicelychamomile lawn2and the cold frame looks rather good

coldframeand I took three cuttings from the Atlas Mountain mint, which have rooted very quickly

atlas mountain mintBut there’s a whole heap of work waiting for me. I have been taking cuttings and drying herbs as they come into flower, and making a rose pot pourri, but I also took a dander up to the black Isle to see the wonderful herb nursery at Poyntzfield. It’s a wonderful place, full of bees and butterflies and an enormous variety of herbs, medicinal, culinary, aromatic, all grown by biodynamic methods.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI succumbed, of course I did. And now I have a calamus (a fragrant rush) a roman wormwood and a genuine Florentine orris plant to look after as well! It’s a good job the weather is so benign – I’m going to need it!

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