What is this, I asked a few blogs ago? Comfrey, said Matthew of Troyes House – and he absolutely right… Although it is more normal to see it as a mauve flower than a white one.
Symphytum officinale, according to Foraging and Wild, ‘a unique group of government accredited foragers’. They have lots of information about comfrey including that it is native to Europe, is a fast growing perennial, great for compost (both the leaves and a liquid feed made by soaking the leaves in water for a week), to eat (although in very small quantities as the leaves are very bitter), for making tea and for a whole range of herbal medicines. Comfrey is ‘also rated in fourth place for per day nectar production per flower in the UK’ – obviously a very good thing to have in your garden. Since I seem to have loads of them I need to get out there and start making liquid feed!
This may be especially relevant if not only we, but the garden centres remain in lock down for too long. This may be sad for us gardeners but is catastrophic for the garden centre/nursery sector. They are just approaching their busiest time of the year and their products do not keep! Sadly there is really nothing much we can do to help them – except buy as much as we can by mail order from those who manage to get some sort of mail order service up and running.
In purely personal terms that means that all of those pots I lugged up from Lawn Road with the rather passé remains of last summer’s flowers are now being lovingly tended and watered (and will be fertilised with comfrey…) as that might be all that I get this year!! Here is Tawny Pipit munching forget me nots beside one of them.
However, I am glad to say that the grasses that I so viciously hacked in half last weekend seem to bear me no grudge for their ill treatment and are already showing signs of new growth.
And… Sue’s primroses seem to have bedded in nicely.
And for those of you desperate for your daily dose of Hampstead Heath rather than my garden – here is the work of some of those tree trimmers that I saw going into Kenwood Park the other day.
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