Month: September 2014

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 34 – Tarragon

From a small cutting taken this spring, my tarragon has grown into this: This is the French tarragon, which you are always told to ask for, rather than the Russian. Russian tarragon is hardier and can be grown from seed in this country, but has not the special distinctive taste which makes this herb so…
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September 30, 2014 0

Half a Hundred Herbs week 33 – Marigold

Marigolds are such a cheerful herb. They’ll self seed everywhere, stand any amount of cold and bad weather, if they haven’t flowered, and there’s hardly a month when you can’t find a plant in flower somewhere. They like sunny open places, and the flowers turn towards the sun if they have a chance, but they…
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September 11, 2014 0

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 32 – Bergamot

This is magnificent, a cultivar called Fireball. It’s doing much better than any variety I’ve had before, which probably means we’ve had a better than average summer. Bergamot isn’t native, having been introduced from American (where it had the engaging name of swampweed) in the sixteenth century, but it’s been a favourite ever since, and…
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September 10, 2014 0

Half a Hundred Herbs week 31- Oregano

This is the classic oregano in its autumn, bee-bothered splendour. It is tough as old boots, spreads itself around the garden like dandelions and will outcompete almost anything on the plot. But there are several other cultivars, which frankly, I can’t keep straight in my head.This one – the one with the pink flowers and…
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September 3, 2014 0