Not Good-for-Nothing


This is Sliverweed or Goosewort or Prince’s Feathers or More Grass or Goose Tansy or Silver Cinquefoil and on and on for a good couple of paragraphs. Now, it is my firm belief, that people in ‘The Olden Days’ or ‘The Middle Ages’ were actually just like you and me. So the average person then, knew just as much about the plants and wildlife as you and I do. They, however, didn’t have easy access to the Internet nor, at the time, were bookshops at the prime of their lives.

So, if a plant has a great many names, it usually means you can eat it or it is a deadly poison, the two most important things to anyone who lived in a rural environment Рa common paradigm of the aforementioned times. Next on the list must be that it is either harmless or harmful to livestock, then down the bottom of the list comes that it has medicinal properties.

Silverweed fits neatly into my theory, not only is it non-poisonous but it is reputed to be quite tasty (we’ll try a bit and let you know) most animals – except sheep, this is probably down to bad marketing – or perhaps there’s none left by the time it’s their turn, really like it and it also has quite useful medicinal properties.

Apart from strengthening the faculties, which every herb does without a second thought, it is also good for sunburn.


Wild Rose and Honeysuckle side by side in the hedge
Wild Rose and Honeysuckle side by side in the hedge

It’s official – the past is over! What’s done is done. Forgiveness does not change the past but it does enlarge the future.¬†The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there. We are starting the future NOW.

Here’s a piece of hedge that understands that the past is gone beyond recovery. Remember it, yes, we should, but we should not allow it to dominate our future.

Dr Edward Bach [1886-1936], made it his life’s work to produce a series of flower essences. He used these essences himself in his medical practice.

The Honeysuckle essence he used whenever his patient seemed to be stuck in the past. When the patient couldn’t move on, couldn’t get on with their life, and he felt that their malady was a result of this frustration.

The Wild Rose essence was used to give patients who were sunk in apathy, who couldn’t see anything in their future – and who just didn’t care that they didn’t have a future.

How apt that our hedgerows at the moment are bursting with Honeysuckle to give us all the needed push to force us to move on and let go of the past – and Wild Rose to help us to see that the future is where we want to be – and to go for it!