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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org