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Foxglove and Hart’s Tongue Fern emerging in late spring in my woodland garden.

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Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) - some heat in the hedgerow

This spicy little plant is so typical of the brassica/mustard family which includes plants such as cabbages, broccoli, rape, rocket and radish. With a faint whiff of garlic and a gentle spicy mustard flavour, it is a classic hedgerow edible. 650 more words

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Local Landscapes 2 – Dramatic Drifts of Lady's Smock

Cardamine pratense near Oving, West Sussex

Cardamine pratense near Coleworth, West Sussex

Drifts of Cardamine pratense along hedge near Oving, West Sussex

Drifts of Cardamine pratense along hedge near Oving, West Sussex… 568 more words

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Irish moss (Chondrus crispus) - not strictly Irish and actually a seaweed

Irish moss has a long history of traditional use as both a medicinal and nutritional plant and for use as a thickening and gelling agent. It is rich in nutrients such as sulphur, iodine, iron, bromine, trace mineral salts, vitamin A and B1, fibre, polysaccharides and lots of mucilage. 506 more words

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The Viburnums: Cramp Bark, Black Haw and American High Bush Cranberry

Viburnums are bark medicine and now is the time to harvest medicinal barks. Here’s a monograph of the medicinal Viburnums. Enjoy and happy harvesting!

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Actinotus helianthi - The Flannel Flower

The Flannel Flower (Actinotus helianthi) is one of my favourite flowers! When I was about 6 years old I was walking with my Grandad in some bushland out the back of my grandparents’ holiday house on the Central Coast (north of Sydney). 504 more words


Ground Ivy - humble champion of the ear, nose and throat

This inconspicuous little plant packs a punch when it comes to clearing the ear, nose and throat of congestion and catarrh. It is extremely common in the UK and very easy to gather and use as medicine. 9 more words

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