Herb of the Week for 20th April
by Lynn Kirkland
Back to Childhood Delights
A friend and I went to see Miss Potter
and what a delightful film it is.
Young and old fans of the Beatrix Potter
books will love it and after viewing the
film you will want to go and reread these
If you had not discovered them before
going to the film I am sure you will be
off to the book shop or library to find
Twenty three of these beautifully illustrated
and charmingly written books came from
the pen and paintbrush of Beatrix Potter.
Beatrix was born on July 28th 1866 and
the film depicts this time so well.
Fascinated with animals and keeping rabbits
as pets and indeed close friends, Beatrix
Potter used her considerable talent as
an artist to create the beginnings of
the twenty three stories that would make
her a rich and independent woman.
The film is also a love story and takes
the viewers into the beautiful Lake District
where one can visit today to see Hill
Top farm where Beatrix lived.
The Beatrix potter tourist can have quite
a themed visitor experience while in this
Closer to home why not think of creating
your own little Beatrix Potter garden
or if Peter rabbit is the favourite then
a Peter rabbit garden.
Essential in this garden will be parsley
and why not create a parsley heaven for
your own bunny inhabitant by planting
In the photo you can see in the foreground
the tasty large leaved Italian parsley
or as it is sometimes known, flat leaf
Closer to our bunny is the regular curly
parsley and then you could find par-cel
at a nursery which has parsley tops with
a celery stem as a real bunny treat.
Parsley is not just good for rabbits.
It has excellent amounts of iron and Vitamin
C as well as other nutrients. Eat it at
every opportunity raw or cooked.
Other herbs mentioned in Beatrix Potter’s
books are chamomile, mint, sage, parsley,
thyme, rosemary and rue.
Involve the children or grandchildren
and go shopping for rabbits or other Potter
Read the books, create the garden with
herbs and vegetables and if you do this
with some young ones in your life then
you may start them on a lifetime interest
in gardening and reading.
And that in my opinion would be a very
good thing indeed.