I am really excited to be running a wild plant craft workshop over the Autumn Equinox weekend with Anna Richardson who is an amazingly knowledgeable wild food and bushcraft teacher and beautiful plantswoman! We will be doing a foraging walk on the Saturday morning for those who wish to come but not commit to the full weekend.
It’s been a wonderfully sunny summer with abundant herbs and wildflowers in the garden, waysides and hedgerows and I wanted to share some photos with you before autumn takes too firm a grip.
We recently moved house and there is plenty of self heal, a particular favourite of mine, in the lawn of our new garden. A herb with many uses, both internal and external Culpepper described it thus, ‘whereby when you are hurt, you may heal yourself.’
Calendula is another firm favourite that is wonderful medicine both internally and externally, you can read more about it here.
Yet another herb for inside and out is the beautiful heartsease, just looking at it does what it says on the box!
Mullein is an excellent tonic for the respiratory system among many other useful properties, too many to list here. It surely deserves a post of its own sometime soon.
Californian poppy is famed for its soothing properties and makes a lovely children’s herb also.
Bees and humans both enjoy red clover.
I love to see great swathes of meadowsweet growing in wild and abandoned places. I have written about some of its medicinal virtues here.
Queen of the Prairie is Meadowsweet’s American cousin and makes a beautiful garden addition.
Soldier beetle on Tansy.
Lovely Evening Primrose.
Madame Mugwort, a fabulous aromatic and bitter herb which grows plentifully throughout most of the UK.
Yarrow, the many benefits of which are touched on here.
Agrimony is not only a useful herb but also one of the most beautiful wildflowers.
St John’s Wort, much loved by most herbalists and another very useful plant for both internal and external ailments.
Black Horehound, Ballota nigra, is most often noted for its smell which many find disagreeable. I think it smells like the smokey bacon flavour crisps I remember from childhood! It is useful for quelling nausea and sickness, though if the smell and taste repulse you, it might not have the desired effect!
Nettle seeds, wonderful medicine and walker’s snack.
An abundance of wild flowers.
And finally the beautiful passion flower. A plant that always seems quite out of this world to me.