Rāhui Day 49

A week today I’m going to stop doing these daily posts. France will slowly be coming out of confinement from the 11th of May (next Monday). They’ve created a regional map. The areas called ‘green’ – least badly hit by Covid-19 – will experience (we imagine) a relaxation of the regulations then. Unfortunately in the … Continue reading Rāhui Day 49

Rāhui Day 47

The Rose Walk is beginning to look decidedly grey, purple and blue, as it always does just before the roses flower. The grey comes from Stachys lanata and Nepeta x faassenii ‘Six Hills Giant’ (what a shame it always flops in the middle, just before flowering!). This year I’ve high hopes for a white-flowered valerian … Continue reading Rāhui Day 47

Rāhui Day 43

Mostly wild today. Two of the best self-seeders on our heavy clay soil in hot sun are the field poppy, Papaver rhoeas, and borage. There are reasons for this – to do with taproots that can plumb the depths even in dry weather. John Gerard (who wrote possibly the most famous Renaissance herbal) says that … Continue reading Rāhui Day 43