Purple now rules the colours. Gentian and Heather are the tail end of the essence-making year. Both take me to beautiful locations with breath-taking views. The solitary beauty is amazing. Heather dominates the scene, pushing out other species. Gentian struggles to find a place amidst the grasses and late flowers (euphrasia). ‘Not now rhyme and rhythm, not now joy and song, the growing days are over, the seed to come.’ Oh Yes! The other one is Rosa admiring the scene.
But this is a basket of fruit just picked from the Cherry Plum trees. The flower picture was taken 9th March this year. You can just see the bee at work pollinating the flowers which is why we had such a good crop of fruit. Last time we had a basketful like this was 2006 and it was used to make jam for the speakers at The Cromer Conference. Ooops! No it was August 2011 as I now see looking back at the blog.
The first Cerato flowers at Healing Herbs this year. The Bach flower essence for self-belief. Last year’s seed heads are still on the old stems alongside the fresh young shoots. Like Clematis and Wild Rose Cerato holds on to the past.
We built a new garden for the Cerato this year and spread white chalk dust to change the pH more alkaline which the plants prefer. Vervain is also just beginning and refuses to be left out of the picture.