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Native Anthyllis at Ivywood

Kidney vetch

This beautiful native wild plant appeared a couple of weeks ago at Ivywood. I’ve been enjoying watching it spread around a dry grassy area near the young apple trees.
It name is Kidney Vetch - Anthyllis vulneraria or Méara Muire in Irish.  

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Comfrey - A Must Have for Herbalists in Clinical Practice

Comfrey Leaves

It’ always so wonderful to see growth coming back on the plants this time of year.
These are Comfrey (Symphytum off.) shoots re-emerging after the winter. We always grow big patches of Comfrey as it’s definitely one of the most versatile and useful plants to have to hand for a herbalist and for any gardener.

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Potting on Baby Ruta's - A Potential Contraceptive

Rue Plants

We have been busy potting on of baby seedlings over the last weeks. One little beauty I enjoyed potting on was Ruta graveolens – Rue. It was commonly known as the Herb of Grace and is woven into the histories of many early civilizations including the Aztec cultures and the ancient Greeks.  
The well-known Greek physician Dioscorides described Rue as a contraceptive agent. Other cultures refer to Rue an anaphrodisiac

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Little Bloodroots at Ivywood

Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis young shoots

This valuable medicinal plant is one of the reasons we relocated to this magical forest. For many years we grew woodland medicinal herbs under shade tunnels on our old farm. One of the reasons we knew this woodland would be perfect as our new home is because we could allow our woodland plants to thrive in their natural environment. Many of these precious plants are endangered in their native countries as they are over harvested in the wild.

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Burdock Seed Garbling

I’m finally getting around to the task of garbling our Burdock seed harvest. I have a basketful of Burdock (Arctium spp.) seed heads so this will be a painstaking task! Ross was laughing at me earlier all decked out in my gloves, mask and heavy apron for the job.
Dog and cat owners may recognise the seeds heads from having to pull them from a tangled mess of hair! Our wee puppy Yogi often comes in with these sticky seed balls attached to his ears and hates us having to remove them.

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