Nature has a marvelous way of creating
wonderful scenarios which had you’d planned
them, may not be quite as successful.
The other day I was walking through the
Peace Woods at the Herb Farm and noticed
this complementary colour scheme of the
pink violets and purple flowering honesty.
The pink violets don’t seem to be as shy
as their purple coloured cousins, as they
are flowering up above the foliage in
great abundance. Often to get a posy of
purple ones we need to search under the
leaves for some of them.
Honesty, lunaria annua, is a
herb that has many common names.
It is known as moonwort or silver dollar
plant because after the flowers have finished,
the seed heads develop and they are like
This is a herb that really appeals to
It is also called a pot herb, because
it was used in the kitchen in a pot for
cooking or added to salads. It is not
a herb commonly used now in the kitchen
as it has a bland taste.
So at spring and later in summer, honesty,
creates some lovely magic in the woodland
gardens where our gnomes live happily
among the herbs which have colonized this
environment with no help from us.
Violets of different colours grow happily
under our eucalyptus trees; honesty, forget-me-nots,
ajuga and lemon balm are also herbs we
find are very content to grow in the woods.
They do not seem to mind the shade at
all. So if you are looking for plants
to grow under trees, some of the ones
I have mentioned may fit the bill.
Adding a little statue or two can help
create an area to delight young and old.
Perhaps get the children involved in an
area of the garden and create a little
bit of magic.
The Herb Farm
Grove Road, RD10