Month: April 2014

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Half a Hundred Herbs week 17 – Woodruff

This is one herb I will not be propagating. Woodruff is irresistibly pretty just now, and has a fresh elusive smell, which was valued in the days when floors were strewn with rushes. It contains a substance called coumarin, which helps to preserve the scent of other herbs when dried, so I’ll be including it…
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April 30, 2014 0

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 16 – Cowslips

   This has certainly been the week of the cowslip. All along the motorway verges going down and back were clumps of cowslips thriving and brightening the journey. For a flower which was giving serious cause for concern a few years ago, they seem to be doing well. I love the wholehearted gold of the…
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April 30, 2014 1

Half a Hundred Herbs – Week 15 – Mint

This is a new peppermint plant I bought in the winter. It served its time on the windowsill, and then got greenfly. I have biblical proportions of greenfly in the garden and greenhouse this year, which all the bluetits, wrens and ladybirds I can coax into my garden are not shifting. I cut the affected…
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April 22, 2014 2

Half a Hundred Herbs – Week 14 Dandelion

Well, here we are at last, with the dandelion, dent de lion, piss-a-bed. Used for salads, if you like the bitter leaves like chicory and endive, and the mixes with bacon bits and a dash of vinegar – and coffee, if you’re really stuck. The roots are roasted and ground, and it’s supposed to be…
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April 14, 2014 1

Half a Hundred Herbs – Herbals

This was the state of play at the start of this project – Culpepper, Gerard, and nothing else avilable between the seventeenth century and the start of the twentieth when Mrs Grieve took on the mantle and revived herbalism as a healing practice – and frankly, for encyclopedic knowledge and scientific accuracy she’s hard to…
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April 10, 2014 2

Half a Hundred Herbs – Week 13 Nettle

As the dandelions haven’t obliged, we move on to the nettle. Of course these little beauties have grown bigger since this photo was taken, but they are just coming into their own. Malevolent as they might seem – and I have known them sting through heavy duty leather gardening gloves –  I am doing more…
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April 6, 2014 0