Category: Half a Hundred Herbs

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Half a Hundred Herbs Week 28 – Hyssop

Hyssop is a relative of rosemary and lavender, which means it is strongly scented, and likes things hot and dry, and not too rich. For years I had problems with it dying off over the winter, because it got too wet underfoot for its liking, so now I make sure I have plants overwintering in…
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July 24, 2014 0

Half a Hundred Herbs – Week 27 Meadowsweet

This must be a photo from previous years, because this year these particular plants have been hit by mildew. Fortunately there are others, so I have already dried dome of those gilt flossy flowers to use in herb tea for flu, a soothing cream for aching joints and for an interesting moisturiser I found in…
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July 17, 2014 2

Half a Hundred Herbs – Week 26 Lavender

This plant is the highlight of the year as far as I am concerned. It’s got colour, scent and chutzpah. It’s good for cooking, perfume, medicine, and an insect repellant. Bees and butterflies love it, and it makes my heart sing. It’s all downhill after the lavender finishes —I went a bit overboard when I…
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July 15, 2014 2

Half a Hundred Herbs #24 St John’s Wort and #25 Rose

Sorry to push two herbs into one post, but life is busy and we are on holiday for a bit – and so it goes. Anyway I had to do this herb on the feast of St John, didn’t I? In Shetland Midsummer’s Eve is still known as Johnsmass though it’s been secularised in this…
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June 24, 2014 0

The Secret Herb Garden

This is where I went this morning. And though I remembered to take my camera, I forgot to take any photos! There aren’t any on this website either, because it’s still under construction, but on the facebook page,you’ll find many, including this, of the greenhouse – a lush and peaceful space full of edible flowers…
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June 23, 2014 0

Bees in the Garden and the latest from The Herb Society

These are old pictures of bees on flowers in my garden. This year the bees are all on the sage plants, (see below) but although I tried to take photos they eluded me completely. It’s been a wonderful year for bumblebees – I looked up the useful identification guide on the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, and…
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June 17, 2014 0

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 23 – Horsetails

Horsetails Like horrible Christmas trees, a bristly foot-high net of pure silica. Their black roots thread the wet ground, invade neglected gardens, remind us by their dull persistence that they were here, with ferns and moss, before the trees and dinosaurs. They will not succumb to hoes and competition. They mean to outlive us all.…
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June 16, 2014 0

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 22 – Parsley

Revised Post Parsley, in early spring. When I first drafted this post I wasn’t very excited about parsley. I was finding it a bit dull. Yes, useful in bouquet garni and fines herbes, a bright speckle of green in a dumpling, useful standby as a garnish — and good for you, oh yes, soothing the…
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June 10, 2014 1

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 21 – Elderflower

It’s said that it isn’t summer until the elder is in flower, and summer isn’t over until the berries are ripe. Well, the elders along the river road are just coming into flower, and I’ll be out to pick them just as soon as the rain stops and the blooms are dry. You have to…
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June 1, 2014 0

half a Hundred Herbs – Week 20 Iris

This is the plant that makes orris root, or at least it does in my house. It isn’t the true variety iris germanica var florentina, which is this one: which I photographed at Culross. It looks relatively scrawny and a bit pathetic compared with the germanica ones, but it is the real deal, with the…
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May 24, 2014 0