Month: October 2015

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 47 – Tansy

This brassy leggy plant is nothing more nor less than a weed. It is tough as old boots, can read about five feet high if it really wants to, and spreads without mercy. Fortunately it doesn’t seem to set seed, but the roots are just about invincible. In spring it is a bright green, healthily…
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October 27, 2015 0

Half a Hundred Herbs – Week 46 Yarrow

Yarrow is a tough herb which grows in hedgerows, fields, lawns, rocky hillsides, and frankly anywhere it can get the chance. It is not remotely particular in any way, flowering almost constantly ad holding its green feathery leaves through all but the most severe weather. In the wild it is a dull off-white – not…
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October 23, 2015 0

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 45 – Hawthorn

There is a belt of trees on the riverbank. Some of them are covered with ivy and intertwined with wild roses: At this time of year they are a magnificent sight. There are blackbirds and thrushes most of the year round, chaffinches, robins and wrens, and most of the time the magpies jackdaws and rooks…
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October 16, 2015 0

Under a Spell Place by Paula Jennings

I went to the launch of this pamphlet on Sunday, in the Word Power Bookshop in Edinburgh. I love that shop – it has so many of the books you can’t find anywhere else, and they put on an awful lot of  poetry events so I feel very much at home there. And they host…
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October 13, 2015 0

October in the Garden

There is no doubt that we are at the end of the gardening year. The blueberry leaves have turned the most vivid scarlet colour (don’t think it shows up too well here), and the berries are ripening as fast as the birds will let them. The fennel is a cloud of yellow flower and setting…
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October 7, 2015 0