Month: May 2015

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 41 – Coltsfoot

This photograph was taken in early march. Coltsfoot doesn’t look like this now, it’s more like this: the large rather rubbery leaves coming up through the brambles are what you’re looking for. Coltsfoot is one of the earliest flowers to come out in spring, and because the flowers appear before the leaves, it is sometimes…
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May 27, 2015 0

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 40 – Wormwood

There are many varieties of wormwood, some big and spawling, turning ragged and unwieldy, and attracting blackfly (which is ironic, considering its reputation as an insect repellant). This one, artemiisa ponticum,  however, is more delicate and dainty, and lacks the abrasive pungency of the more familiar varieties. I have had it in a pot since…
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May 13, 2015 0

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 39 – Bay

Once we had a bay tree. At its best, it was about seven feet high and as vigorous as anything in the garden. It survived temperatures of -20 degrees, and there was a blackbird’s nest in it. Unfortunately, however, it took up a lot of room and shaded out everything else in the herb patch,…
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May 6, 2015 0