At this time of year, the bluebells were just coming into flower; the wood sorrel and wood anemones were in full bloom, with the odd glimpse of ramsons. I wandered along the brook near the Whirlow end of the woods, where there is not a sound of traffic; it was bliss!
Afterwards I popped into the sawmill which is home to a community of local artists who create sculptures, furniture and other items from the local wood. I couldn't resist buying two beautiful items, and was entranced by the exhibition.
Herbs in season that I saw on my walk:
- cleavers: lymphatic 'cleanser' and excellent source of vitamin C
- hawthorn: cardiovascular and digestive tonic
- dandelions: at this time of year, use the leaves as a good source of potassium and vitamin C.
- wood sorrel: the leaves are edible.
- nettles: use the leaves in soups, stews and tea. Excellent source of vitamins and minerals!
- coltsfoot: the leaves are used as a lung tonic and to stimulate easy clearance of phlegm.