Welcome to Herb News.  
Herb Links  
Crop Cri Page 
Cert in Herbs 

Medicinal Herbs Rose Prunning Tips

Rose Resources

Magic Fairy Trees



Herb of the week

By Lynn Kirkland
For 27th July

Visit the herb


Herb of the week by Lynn Kirkland for 27th July

Last week I had the opportunity to explore the beautiful Hamilton Gardens for an hour to break the long journey from Auckland to Palmerston North.
Of course I was interested in the herb garden and like our gardens much of the plantings were in a dormant phase or being revamped ready for spring.
As always in the winter one notices beauty in the garden which may not be so obvious in the summer when there is a lot more colour and foliage growth.
I find a winter garden very restful and was intrigued by the twisted branches of a deciduous shrub beside a beautiful lichen covered seat.

The tree is called a Contorted Hazel or Contorted Filbert & Harry Lauder's Walking Stick. Sir Harry Lauder (1870-1950) was a Scot & a leading music hall entertainer who sang lovely ballads & told jokes on himself. He was greatly beloved in his day, & was knighted by King George V for service to the country in the first World War
His signature song "Roamin' in the Gloamin'" is still well known, though many mistake it for a folk tune when in fact Sir Harry wrote it. He used a twisted walking cane and no doubt this is why the contorted hazel came by its other name.

This tree originated as a natural "sport" in England in the mid-1800s, growing in a hedgerow with ordinary European filberts.
Well worth looking for as a feature tree in a border or container and is happy in full sun or semi-shade. What an intriguing tree to come across while exploring these gorgeous gardens. Well worth the stop if you are in that area.

Thanks lynn another great read.

Visit The HerbFarm Website:

Eplants Weekly What to do Pages

The Herbfarm Contacts

Tel:     06 326 8633

Fax:    06 326 9650



Eplants NZ's Plant Portal

New Events Calendar


Wally Richards Plant Guru

Touchwood Books for everything todo with plants

Weekly Herb Notes

Aug 4 Cowslips, primulas and primroses

Aug 12 Thyme's

Aug 25 Alexanders

Sept 1 Woodland Magic

Sept 8th Pretty Periwinkle

Sept 15th A bath of Herbs

Sept 22nd Florentine Iris

Oct 1th St Francis

Oct 6th The Witching Herb

Oct 20th Summer sunflowers

Oct 27th Fairy Magic

Take Time to Smell the Roses Nov4th

Elven Field Trip Nov 10th

Myrtle Nov 17

Feathered Friends of the Garden Nov24th

Hedges and Edges Dec1

Chamomile Calm Dec15th

A Herbal Posie For Mary Dec 22

New Life Dec 29th

Nz Tea Tree Jan 12 2007

Colour in the Garden Jan26th 2007

Excellent Echinacea Feb 9 2007

Salute To Robert Feb 16 2007

The Fallacy about Fennel Feb24 07

Herbalist Blooming In the Herb Garden March 2 2007

March 16 Garden of Tranquillity

March 23 Sunny Flower

March 30 Red Puppy Appeal

April 6 Lets hear it for Carob

April 12 Autumn Harvest

April 20 Back to Childhood

April 27 Plant Protection

May 4th 2007 Sensational Saffron

May11 2007 Floral Message of Love

May 18 2007 Lovely Lemon Verbena

June 8th Hello the Aloe

Saintly Gardener June 22

Blooming Lovely June 29

Frost, friend or Foes July6

Winter Tasks July13

July27 Hamilton gardens

Copyright Eplants Herbfarm