Echoes of the Garden

A Place in the World

Willows in the World

In his book, TREES:A WOODLAND NOTEBOOK, the Right Honorable Sir Herbert Maxwell says: The name “willow” speaks to us of a time when our Anglo-Saxon forbears dwelt in wattled houses. They spoke of the tree aswelig and also as widig (whence… Continue Reading…

The Leech's Knowing

Who Knew How Healing A Radish Is?

Historically, the radish was almost as important in the leech’s repertoire as it was in the kitchen. According to Dioscorides, it is useful as a laxative, a diuretic and an emetic. There is some discussion as to whether the ancient… Continue Reading…

In the Garden

The Early Gardener Grew Radishes

Radish Raphanus Sativus The cultivation of the radish hasn’t changed greatly over the last several centuries although medieval cooks made more thorough use of it than most of us do. Since the radish prefers colder temperatures to germinate in, it’s… Continue Reading…

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