midoriherbs

The wonderful world of herbs!


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EQUINOX

why-willowsToday we celebrate the equinox, when the length of our day is roughly equal to that of our night; tomorrow, we welcome Autumn and her harvest – the season when we bring in the roots and berries of our herbs.  And also when the nights will draw in.  Luckily, I’ve found a good book to curl up with – I’m looking forward to discovering Why Willows Weep!

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TONBRIDGE FROM THE AIR

I am so lucky to live in a town that has nature right on its doorstep and has such a wonderful variety of herbs growing wild – just watch this amazing video! You can even see the little path we usually take on herb walks from 0:48 -1:23! 


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ANGELICA

angelicaOnce a week, on a Tuesday, the walled garden at Knole is open to the public. Among its extensive grounds, there is a small herb garden with lots of medicinal herbs growing, including the impressive Garden Angelica. Angelica (Angelica archangelica) is probably best known as those super green, super sweet crystallised sticks used in cooking but medicinally, it is a particularly useful aromatic bitter to help soothe digestive upsets – the monks of Chartreuse even have it as an ingredient of their digestif – but it can also help with coughs and cold and fevers.

P.S. Garden Angelica does have a sister in her Apiaceae/Umbelliferae family – the Chinese angelica (Angelica sinensis) but she has quite a different character!


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SPRING

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I love all the seasons of our English year, but there’s something about Spring that is so life-enhancing and hopeful – everything is literally springing to life: lambs, new leaves and flowers, buds on the trees, the bees finally out gathering pollen and nectar, it’s a busy time in nature and so nice to get out on the herb walks and be able to harvest the dandelions and nettle and cleavers for an internal spring-clean smoothie! Santé!