Purer pleasures I never felt than in gazing upon the wild scenery of Nature, in all her grandeur and beauty. by John James Audubon (born Jean-Jacques Rabin; April 26, 1785 – January 27, 1851) was an American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter.
Yesterday morning was the first dry morning we’ve had for quite a while, so we were able to follow the footpaths without getting wet feet or trousers legs. There was lot of wild flowers to see hidden among the grasses. I think I shall have to put together a video showing all the different types of grasses that grow around this area, but for now I have put together one to showing you some of the flowers I saw. First some extra information about some of the plants and their history.
Biting Stonecrop: this amazing, diminutive plant has a long relationship with humans. From superstitions to medical uses. It was believed if Biting stonecrop was planted on the roof of houses and buildings it would ward off thunderstorms. The seventeenth-century diarist, John Evelyn often add young and tender leaves of this plant to his salads for its peppery taste. The country name for the plant was wall pepper which might explain why it’s known as biting stonecrop. The plant had an important use in first-aid for treating cuts and wounds as its succulent growth made it suitable for poultices.
Hedge Woundwort: This hidden splash of colour that hides in shady places in woods, hedgerow and on waste grounds was once used throughout history from the ancient Greeks to treat wounds and to stem bleeding. John Gerard, the famous 16th century surgeon witnessed a man cutting himself badly on a scythe. the man made himself a poultice with woundwort. Gerard was so impressed with how effective the man self-treatment was, and how the wound healed over the course of a few days, he went on to use the plant in his own practice. Hedge Woundwort has an unpleasant smell and was once planted in churchyards to ward of evil spirits. Modern experiments on the plant has revealed woundwort volatile oil contained within the plant has antiseptic qualities.
Yarrow: Here is another plant that has a long history with being known as a woundwort. The Greek hero Achilles was said to use this plant to cure wounds. In Anglo-Saxon Britain a poultice of yarrow mixed with grease was used to purged and heal wounds. The entire plant is gently aromatic and is said to help relieve migraine. The plant is used in herbal tea and is said to help with melancholy and depression. Modern studies have shown that it does contain anti-inflammatory and sedative properties.
Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon: This bright yellow flower is so named because it open very early in the morning and closes up around mid-day. It is also known as Goat’s Beard, after the feather tufts on the large downy seed clock. In the past the long, brown tap-roots of this plant were dug up, cooked and eaten like parsnips because of their sweet taste.
I do hope you enjoy taking a walk with me by watching the slideshow I have put together. The area shown in the video is where a new road will eventually come through in the near-future, once the gravel pit is exhausted. I hope to make more of these videos for you.
Now I’m off to finish editing a short story, and then hopefully, I shall get back to writing some more of the Granny Wenlock novel.
It’s coming together, slowly and I think the tone of it is starting to develop, which I’m happy with. My writing group starts next week. so I shall be busy cleaning the house, which has been a little neglected. I’m hoping the weather improves so we can sit outside. With all the rain we’ve had the garden needs sorting out again.
Busy, busy, busy. 😀 At least, it keeps me out of trouble.
Keep safe everyone.