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.