Maggie Pope
is a Medical Herbalist

Practising in
Bridgwater, Somerset

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October, 2016

Trundlings…

In the midst of writing the modules for our professional diploma, and actually teaching on it, and seeing patients, and making up prescriptions, I do like a spot of trundling around in the countryside picking stuff and seeing what is growing where. Today, roaming along the canal with two little grandsons collecting willow for me to plant a willow hedge I saw a row of trees edging the tow path. Bird Cherry, Alder, Sycamore and Cramp Bark. THERE  it is!

Every time I walk to this spot to harvest some twigs from the Viburnum opulus in early Spring  I can’t remember which group of dead looking branches it is. They all look the same before the leaves uncurl. But today, faced with the green and yellow of the Cherry and Sycamore, the Cramp Bark leaves stood out a stunning red.

vib-op-2

 

This photo doesn’t do the bright red of the leaves justice, but hey take my word for it. So, I had a cunning plan to help me to go straight back to this tree when, after winter, its bare branches look like all the others.

I tied a piece of string round a small branch, leaving it nice and baggy so as not to restrict growth.

vib-op-string

The only problem was that green string was all I had and not very noticeable. But if I look hard enough at the end of February I think I will be able to spot it.

Wish me luck…

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