It’s a beautiful month for colour in the garden with all the bulbs flowering. Spring is here and it’s time to take a walk through your neighbourhood and enjoy the colours and perfumes. It’s a good time to plant herb seeds and cuttings in time for summer use; propagate cuttings in sand and place in a warm area.
Who doesn’t love carnations! As a child, I always remember them growing in our garden, and they were always included in the vase of flowers on the dining room table. There are more than 300 species and many more hybrid varieties so plenty to choose from. They can be planted in flower beds or containers and also make lovely borders. They will last up to 3 weeks in a vase.
This plant has many uses, and it seems to be effective for preventing migraine headaches in some people.
Feverfew is also used for fever, irregular menstrual periods, arthritis, a skin disorder called psoriasis, allergies, asthma, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), dizziness, and nausea and vomiting.
Chop or tear the leaves of fresh feverfew into small pieces. Place 1 tsp. of leaves into a tea ball. Set the tea ball into a drinking cup.
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the tea ball – Allow the tea to steep for five minutes – Add honey for sweetness – Remove the tea ball, and drink while the tea is still warm.
Herbs That Attract Butterflies—Chives, Thyme, Marjoram, Catmint, Mint, Yarrow, Parsley, Hyssop
– Diane Griffin
Hobsonville Herb Group