Here are some of today’s urban herb walkers, taking time for a freshly brewed herbal cuppa as we ended our walk, in Frankendael’s hidden herb garden.
All times of year offer special delights when herb walking but I think most would agree that mid July is a particularly interesting time. There are still plenty of flowers around, plenty of rich foliage and also plenty of seeds forming on plants. This is not the time for smart spring freshness, it’s the time for herbs that are so big they spill over paths and mix right in amongst each other. This is a time of hedonistic herbal plenty.
We looked at too many herbs to mention here (most are on the walk handout) but a few, which I want to give links to, are as follows:
Birthwort (very poisonous) (Aristolochia clematis). See day 83 for a few details.
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca), my thrice daily tincture tipple, for combatting stress and far more.
Hedge Woundwort (Stachys sylvatica) which we found smelling interesting amongst a patch of another edible wound herb called Enchanter’s nightshade (Circaea lutiana)
Meadowsweet (Filpendula ulmaria), Please see day 14 for details.
Thank you again, to everyone who joined me for today’s walk. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and I hope that your herbal adventures are filled with fun, health and good flavours!
For forthcoming herb walks and gatherings, please see my Events page.