Category Archives: Half a Hundred Herbs

The Charm of Nine Herbs – (1) Mugwort

I was hoping the Old English Lacnunga would translate into a good poem for Haggards, but it really doesn’t. I might write my own Charm of Nine Herbs at some point, but while I was working at the original, I have done some research that might be interesting. The link I’ve given is to a… Read More »

Penn State Garden

In my research for my version of the Old English Charm of Nine Herbs, I came across this site. It’s full of well-researched and fascinating information, which I’m sure will be of value to anyone who followed the Half a Hundred Herbs project. Penn State Medieval Garden Give it a glance – you’ll love it!

April Already

I have been slack this year, and the garden is only just beginning to get the attention it needs, but the chives are growing lush and strong. The knot garden is looking a bit battered – I lost four santolinas, which is a thing I never remember happening before, and I’ve already replaced two rosemary… Read More »

Kate Young at Celtic Connections – Umbelliferae

I got to this gig almost inadvertently when it was mentioned at the excellent event Songs of Separation last Thursday as part of Celtic Connections. My ears pricked up when someone mentioned it had something to do with herbs used in highland traditional medicine and I wasn’t too sure what we were going to get,… Read More »

Haggard Herbs

I think this is lesser skullcap, which I found growing wild on a grass verge near the local cinema. It’s on a narrow strip of land above a steep bank down to the river, too narrow for anyone to build on, and I’ve found plants there I’ve never seen anywhere else. In parts of Ireland,… Read More »