Sweet violet is used to make food flavourings and candied violets. The flowers can be incorporated into salads, and fermented to produce a sweet wine. Violets were used as part of treatments for insommnia, headache and depression. They were used to make soothing oils and syrups. Garlands of its blossoms worn around the heads of revellers were supposed to dispel wine fumes and prevent dizziness and headaches. Continue reading →
The leaves of Lesser Celandine are high in Vitamin C, so were used to prevent scurvy. Young leaves were either boiled or used as a salad – despite the fact that they contain toxins, which become stronger as the leaves age. Lesser Celandine was used to treat haemorrhoids, in fact it used to be called ‘Pilewort’. This was because the plant’s knobbly underground tubers looked like piles. Continue reading →
Following on from my previous post, here are some more flowers that can be seen in January and have stories to tell.
Butterbur roots were powdered and used to remove skin blemishes. They were also used to treat asthma, colds, coughs, fever and the plague. Modern trials have suggested that it may be effective against migraines. Butterbur leaves are so large that they were supposedly used as both umbrellas and sun shades. They were also used to wrap butter, for storage. It was also used as a fuel. Children used to use the hollow stems as horns or trumpets, giving rise to the country name “Bogs Horns”. Continue reading →
A surprisingly large number of flowers will flower in January, as the BSBI’s New Year Flower Hunt has demonstrated. Some are well known, such as the Snowdrop, some are obscure, such as the Yellow star of Bethlehem, some are early season specialists, such as Winter aconite, while some are just plain greedy – in that they flower just about all the time, such as Yarrow. But they all have some kind of story to tell… Continue reading →
The Foxglove is one of the flowers that we are all familiar with, both in the garden and in the wild. Eye-catching, attractive, easy to grow and good for insects – what’s not to like? Continue reading →
Forget-me-not’s are common flowers that grow just about anywhere, apart from the sea shore – waste ground, arable field margins, verges, stream banks the coast, and hedgerows. There are 15 species, which look similar to each other. They are typically found growing with flowers such as Speedwell, Groundsel, Fumitory, Knotgrasses. Continue reading →
As I collated the information that the Naturetale app holds about flowers and berries I came across references to something called ‘The Language of flowers’. My curiosity piqued, I decided to investigate further.
Courtesy of Wikipedia, it transpires that humans have ascribed meanings, associations and emotions to certain flowers since ‘a very long time ago’. Continue reading →
Speedwell is one flower that you are never far from. Not only does it grow on a wide range of habitats (waste ground, arable field margins, verges, stream banks the coast, and hedgerows. In fact, nearly everywhere except the coast) but is also one of the flowers that will quite happily flower all year round. Continue reading →