Welcome to the first day beginning this blog.
To put you in the picture, the physic garden is very much a work in progress and I am starting from scratch so-to-speak. There are plants already growing here that are prescribed in our Materia medica and I will individually introduce them to you. My main task, at present, is clearing the perimeter where a fence once was. Later, I will mulch and plant hedgerow shrubs and herbs to define the boundary. But first…clearing.
Let me introduce Ballota nigra L. or Black Horehound. I found a few straggly samples smothered by the brambles today. A perennial with a shallow clump of roots, this smelly-leaved, square-stemmed plant has tiny clusters of mauve flowers in late Spring/early Summer that are adored by bees. We use it as an anti-emetic (prevents sickness) so is a useful addition for morning sickness or/and travel sickness.