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Tiny toadstool

Tiny Treasures

Hid in plain site,

Adorn the mossy lawn.



If wishes were dandelions;

Dandelion clock

How easily they would come;

dandelion wishes

How readily spent on wanton things

blown away

That we may not recognise how we wished our lives away…


“Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity.”

John Ruskin (1819 – 1900)

Local showers, bitter April day!

It looks like the perfect spring day, blue sky and sea, white fluffy clouds but it’s frosty and the wind is still biting. Lamlash must be the greenest place on Arran; it seems to rain only on Lamlash!

In spite of the cold the ‘wild’ flowers are bursting into flower. Tiny Dog Violets (Viola riviniana) are popping up around the garden, hoping to have enough to make a violet syrup! Honesty (Lunaria annua) is always a delight to the first emergent bees and hoverflies and smells so sweet in the warm sun. You can tell whether it’s purple or white as the former has purple tinged foliage (as purple Foxgloves do too.) Bluebells are just beginning to flower; I used to pull them out of the garden as they were too prolific but now recognise that they are English bluebells and not Spanish squill, so being a bit more lenient. Tiny blue Forget-me-not punctuate the garden with their delicate blooms but if you don’t like too many don’t let them go to seed…

I know men often think that a pristine green sward is the most delightful thing in the garden and every tiny rosette flower should be yanked out post haste. But I like my ‘weeds’, they are so cheerful, Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria) also called Pilewort is a useful little herb. (Clue is in the name 😀 ) I love a lawn full of Daisies, traditionally it was used in much the same way we use Arnica now (and it’s local – local herbs for local people!). White honesty looks beautiful beside the purple, the silver seed cases will be gathered later for dried flower arrangements. The fruit trees are just beginning to blossom too, Damson is always first but the cherry and apples will not be far behind…

In the greenhouse there are trays of seedlings waiting to be planted out but they will have to stay until the frosts have passed (June then…) Meantime I keep hoeing off the weeds from the beds. There’s plenty to keep the Hopeful Herbalist busy!

Thanks for stopping by today – what do you most look forward to in the spring garden?


The weather outside is frightful; Storm Henry is still creating mischief in the garden and it’s bitterly cold outside! Bird feeders constantly need refilled as a small flock of long-tailed tits arrive, keeping company with the chaffinches. The dunnocks are learning to hold their ground when the robins try and bully them. At dusk the rooks sit on the branches plotting, in the morning the feeders are on the ground – empty. Little wrens hop around the hedge footings grabbing a morsel when they can; and through the study window a female finch observes my studious labour as she eats her fill from seeds left on the window cill.

And the spices? Well its too cold to venture outside, everything is mud spattered, torn and flattened by the unrelenting wind and they are so photogenic!

Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) is such a useful spice in the kitchen and the Kitchen pharmacy, taken in a little milk it helps calm the mind and eases abdominal muscle tension, but not too much or it “dulls the mind”

Star anise (Illicium verum) is high in volatile oils and is a useful digestive spice, relieving flatulence and colic, can be used for toothache too.

Cape Gooseberry (Physalis spp) have traditionally been used in Western Herbal medicine to treat urinary and arthritic problems.

Useful, pretty, tasty and photogenic!  As Hippocrates is attributed as saying “Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food”

Look at your food with new eyes today – enjoy!

Been trying to snow; little flurries blow in on the wind and dust the ground before the rain washes it away. Small patches of brightness light up the greyness; to drive the cold winter away…

Keep warm, thanks for stopping by today!

…Roses in November

Rosa 'Tickled Pink'

So tickled that ‘Tickled Pink’ just keeps on blooming. November and the garden is still filled with colour. Warm, dry weather and the trees hold onto their leaves in rich umber, ochre and sienna, burning golden as the sun descends and darkness falls.

Bushes festooned in berries, shimmering in the rain like a thousand garnets and topaz. Jewels in the garden’s winter crown, fruit for hungry birds. Blackbirds gather together in communion, breaking bread together, sharing the peace. A commotion of goldcrests twitter among the pine needles and cones, in the small stand of evergreens, as the goldfinches perch lightly, plucking seeds from downy thistles. The chickens greedily devoured the milk thistle seeds purposely left for small seed eaters.

Late lilies, flowering ivy, fennel; garlanded with brilliant raindrops glittering in the drabness of a grey day. Magnifying the beauty of each leaf and petal.

Rosa 'Jenny'

The softness of the petal’s curl, as yet unharmed by winter’s touch, quiet rain and gentle breeze, little stirs within the whispered garden.

May you find beauty in your surrounding today…

There is so much beauty in each flower, often overlooking the wonder of each fecund bud, swelling with promise; bursting open in fragrant beauty. Patiently waiting as spring blossoms fall, ripening to deep red fruit. Nature performs small miracles as the seasons mark the hours, in the moments of the flowers…

How often we walk by unaware seeing only the mundane and not the marvellous but maybe it is in solitude that we allow our eyes to be opened and attune our hearts to the marvels that surround us.


Still messing with Macro  (not always successfully) three things defeat me

  • the breeze
  • trying to work sans tripod
  • the  after effects of middle ear infection!

but then I don’t claim to be a photographer 😀

Whatever you do today – enjoy