Monthly Archives: February 2012

Peach buds!

Ooh exciting!  My little peach tree is well in bud with both leaves and flowers. The leaves I use as a sour, bitter refrigerant, useful in fevers etc.  You only need a tiny amount and in fact I still have … Continue reading

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Early Spring in the Herb Garden

Up at the allotment today, I have been trimming back last years’ dry sticks from two perennials – Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) and St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum).  Both are easy to grow if not downright invasive (indeed have had … Continue reading

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Athelas

I am just re-reading The Lord of the Rings and have hit on the chapter called “The Houses of the Healing”.  Three important characters are mortally ill from their wounds after the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.  These wounds are … Continue reading

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St John’s Wort

First day this year up at the allotment and not much doing but I transplanted some St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) which had self-seeded right in the roots of my Gooseberry bush which needed staking.  SJW is steadily thriving on … Continue reading

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