Frosty Floral February
Well we may have had some cold and frosty mornings but there is still colour to be found in nature. And even some signs that Spring is on the way….
Some images taken in frosty floral February.
It has been an extremely dry summer so far. Very little rain. My poor garden has been struggling this year and I fear I shall have some losses…
The beautiful icy pink of Althea officinalis (marshmallow) flowers were quite beautiful but they are now fading fast in the hot summer sun. A fabulous cooling herb. Both leaf and root have medicinal virtues.
Atropa belladonna better known as deadly nightshade has now changed from her flowers, initially to the green berry, and now covered in those shiny black berries.
Last year Artemisia absinthium (wormwood) succumbed to black fly. With the help of some ladybirds, lady Artemisia survived. This year she has not grown so tall and bushy. Next year I hope she will strengthen for harvesting. I do love her silvery foliage. An excellent digestive remedy, and not just for worms! Talking of lady Artemisia, I have both southernwood and mugwort growing in the garden too.
My golden Solidago canadensis initially coped admirably with the hot sun and glowed just as bright. Solidago virgurea looks a little different. Both commonly known as goldenrod and medicinal uses are interchangeable. A wonderful ally for the urinary tract.
Stacys betonica was quite stunning in June. Such beauty inspired me to post a plant profile. I often return to plant profiles to add some more thoughts or findings. I’m sure this is one I shall frequently return to update.
All images taken over June and July. Some medicinal plant photographs from the garden …
A selection of some of my favourite photographs of the flowering plants from my own medicinal garden in the Aude. Nature in all her beauty. These photographs have been taken over the last couple of days.