Month: July 2015

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 44 – Santolina

This is santolina, also known as cotton lavender, one of the stock plants from which I took cuttings to create the knot garden. The small plants have bulked up and do a good job of forming the south and east boundaries – in fact they’ve needed clipping twice already, unlike the hyssops which have done…
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July 31, 2015 0

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 43 – Carnation

I have a few carnations at present, grown from a packet of mixed seeds. They are pink, coral scarlet and a white flecked with red. The scent is pleasant but not overwhelming, unlike a wonderful plant I had a few years ago – it was called the ‘clove scented carnation’, a rich burgundy colour that…
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July 24, 2015 0

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 42 – Mullein

This is a herb of dry stony hillsides, apparently. You would think it would hate this year’s summer, so wet, so overcast and humid, but apparently not. My plants this year – from the seeds of this plant – are all flourishing, with enormous felty grey leaves, and flower spikes pushing through the lush undergrowth,…
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July 13, 2015 0