Just out today

1 Cerato
2 Cerato
3 Cerato
4 Cerato

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.

When green leaves are red

1 Holly
2 Walnut
3 Aspen
4 Wild Rose
5 Impatiens
6 Impatiens

Strange things to observe in the Bach flowers: sometimes the very young leaves are red and only slowly turn to green. Here you can see some Holly leaves but not on every tree. Walnut always begins this way and Aspen and the young stems of Wild Rose. Do we learn something from the Impatiens here? When in direct sunlight there is a strong red outline in the stems but in the shade it remains green. The red colour is caused by the reflection of the red part of the spectrum – the longer wavelengths. Perhaps the tender young leaves are protected against an excess of light by reflecting the red which we see. Please tell me if you know what this is about. Emails to info@healingherbs.co.uk

A swarm of bees arrive at Healing Herbs

1 Swarm on Gorse
2 Inaccessible
3 in the skep
4 one or two more

Very great excitement when a swarm of bees arrived, just outside our front door. They landed in the Gorse flowers and it took some effort to find the cluster and get it into the skep. This straw basket is used to gather them before they are put into a hive as their new permanent home. It is early in the year and promises honey for us all come August. We will let  you know what happens.

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