May is the new June

Elderflower rushing into bloom.  Everything in full leaf.  Grasses seeding like it’s July.  And to cap it all, my Rosa alba out front, from David Austin http://www.davidaustinroses.com/english/showrose.asp?showr=9, which usually blooms strictly in the month of June has been out for at least a week. So we are definitely two weeks ahead.  Welcome to Climate Change folks!!  (It’s not just me saying it – look at e.g. http://www.worldweatherpost.com/2011/03/22/budding-signs-that-spring-has-arrived-early-in-the-uk/

Seriously, although the weather has been enjoyable what are the implications for the working herbalist?  Well adapt and survive I suppose.  To prepare ourselves for the months ahead we need to get out picking, and back in tincturing.Working with nature is always going to be changeable.  Maybe a time will come when hedgerow harvest skills are essential as the only medicine, so I am going to try and hone my skills now.

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About donaldpurves

Traditional Herbalist since 1989, qualified originally with National Institute of Medical Herbalists (Tutorial Course, School of Herbal Medicine/Phytotherapy), joined Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners in 2011. University lecturer in Herbal Medicine since 2005. Born and brought up in the Scottish Borders. Higher Education at University of York (Biology 1980) and Scottish School of Herbal Medicine (MSc Herbal Medicine 2003). Married to Rukshana Afia, an artist working with drawing, textiles and ceramics. Passionate about environmental, economic and social justice.
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