Journal

Salad Burnet, the big surpriser

Salad Burnet, the big surpriser

Chew one of the modest looking leaves and wow – a cucumber explosion! Great in salads, with beans and chopped into creamy dips. It’s also good in drinks, I tried it in a great cocktail with gin, soda water, lemon and a dash of elderflower...

Remember Rosemary

Remember Rosemary

Rosmarinus translates as ‘rose of the sea’ when you break the name down and think about it, things start to become clear. This particular variety pictured above from the Prostratus Group was growing rampantly over windbreaks by the sea in Devon. It acted as coverage over the rather brutal wind barrier, giving off an incredible smell, the flowers providing fantastic fodder for hungry bees...

Small but mighty Snowdrops

Small but mighty Snowdrops

The first whisper of spring, most of us recognise is the peeking up of a pure white snowdrop flower. Galanthus nivalis (snowdrop) come in many more forms than we may first anticipate, and are most often noticed but not given a second thought...

Thoughts on Thyme

Thoughts on Thyme

The Romans declared this fragrance to be a cure for melancholia, and the Elizabethans believed it to cure a range of ailments including headaches, whooping cough and lethargy. Well we could all do with some more Thyme in our lives then!

Attracting the good ones

Attracting the good ones

No this isn’t a post about dating! I thought I’d share a few tips on attracting beneficial predators into your garden. Increasing these on your patch will mean you can use less chemical control techniques, benefitting both you and wildlife. Which as we know, could do with some help, especially in cities like London...