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Permaculture Notes from Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium ), a member of the sunflower family, has been used for centuries in European folk medicine.
This sweet smelling flower is commonly associated as a remedy for headaches, arthritis, and fevers.
The name Feverfew is derived from the Latin word for fever…febrifugia, meaning, fever reducer!
It grows really easily from seed, self-seeding all over the gravel here at Bealtaine Cottage.
This is growing in a pot near the back door of the house, on the southern side.
These are rambling roses, climbing and pushing their way across a willow arch I made to help support them last year.
Roses are best known as ornamental plants grown for their flowers in the garden.
There are several different varieties here, though I don’t really know the names, as I have grown them from slips, mostly purloined from other gardens!
Roses are used for commercial perfumery and commercial cut flower crops.
Some are used as landscape plants and for hedging.
Although Roses have minor medicinal uses, the fruits, or Rose-hips tell a different story altogether, most famous for the syrup made from them and fed to babies!
This is a little apple tree bought by my mother and planted into a quiet little spot on the land behind the cottage.
The apple is from the species, Malus domestica, in the rose family (Rosaceae).
It is one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits.
The tree originated in Western Asia, where its wild ancestor, the Alma, is still found today.
There are more than 7,500 known cultivars of apples.
Cultivars vary in their yield and the ultimate size of the tree, even when grown on the same rootstock.
This particular cultivar is a miniature apple tree.
At least 55 million tonnes of apples are grown worldwide, annually. China produces about 35% of this total.
The United States is the second-leading producer, with more than 7.5% of world production.
Iran is third, followed by Turkey, Russia, Italy and India.
Plants in pots and tubs at the back of the cottage today.
I noticed the birds coming down to feed on the flowers of the pansies.
The red and pink plant at the front is the little plant, Herb Robert.