Diary - 07/07
Diary - July 2007
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July 2007

 

The bergamot in flower


A good well established patch of St John's Wort

The Sanctuary is looking a bit like a wilderness at the moment, but the mullein and valerian are flowering alongside the St John's wort and some beautiful red and scarlet bergamot.

I gathered some wood betony, scullcap, valarian and Ladysmantle on the Sunday morning after the workshop, so the following evening I was busy putting them all up into tinctures for the winter. The calendula flowers gathered during the workshop were put to dry on the sofa in the summerhouse. In a couple of months I shall be able to pull off the petals and store them. I spent this morning pulling off dried lemon balm leaves from the stalks my parents gathered for me a month ago. We had to go and remove them from the sofa on Friday night so everyone had somewhere to sit or put their bags! I was amazed that two Tesco bags full of dried stalks made 1 Tesco bag full of leaves which has packed down nicely into two 2lb honey jars. It's amazing how much you can stuff in if you keep pressing!

 

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