Terrifically Useful Tuesday: Kigelia – Sausage Tree

Image credit: bsterling @ Flickr, CC licence This post is part of Terrifically Useful Tuesday looking at the immense benefits plants have for people. See more in this series here. One of the things I love about the internet is that you can set up systems to send you alerts for wonderful things. My french toast this morning was interrupted […]

Sweet Iris

Sweet iris Iris pallida, the source of orris root used in perfumery. Flowering for the first time in the gardens at LPL HQ. The rhizomes are harvested after three years and then dried for up to five years and give off the aroma of violets. Perfumes that smell powdery contain orris root. The preparation of […]

Corker

It was far too frickin freezing this morning to be outside. It was so cold that I even invited a Jehovah’s Witness in for a cup of tea. He politely declined, sensing I was a woman who simply couldn’t be saved and carried on his way. He was after all on a mission from God. […]

Watching Ray Mears Northern Wilderness

There’s a whole lot of nature doco-watching going on in our house right now. It’s become the thing to do for us to keep sane while being up at strange hours, spending a lot of time nursing and trying to get a young one to sleep. The flavour du jour is Ray Mear’s Northern Wilderness […]