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Herb of the Week for 16th Feb

Salute To Robert
By Lynn Kirkland


By Lynn Kirkland


Herb of the Week for 16th Feb

Salute To Robert
By Lynn Kirkland

Herb Robert, geranium robertianum, grows freely in the woods where our gnome community lives.
A common European herb, it is an old medicinal plant which in medieval times was called St. Robert.
The special folk who live in the Peace Woods have been given their special charm by the talented brushstrokes of my Dad, Robert Rogers, (known as Bob).
Dad turns eighty seven this week and it seemed a fitting tribute to talk about a herb with his name.
Herb Robert is the sprawling plant with the little pink flowers which is next to our ale drinking gnome.
You will not find it in garden centres as it is actually a wild herb.
Wild herbs or weeds are the survivors of the plant world.
They are on this planet for a reason and sometimes we forget that these humble plants are popping up in our gardens for our benefit.
Herb Robert has been used through history as a wash for skin problems or as an eyewash and used internally for a wide variety of curative effects.
There is some fascinating information on Isabel Shiphard's website, www.herbsarespecial.com telling of a report in Nature magazine back in 1953 which chronicled the beneficial effect this simple plant had on cancers.
It fascinates me how simple plants can have powerful effects. I call this Botanical Simplicity based on my belief that nature knows best.
Herb Robert is part of the cranesbill family and happily grows in sun or shade and is great at filling in gaps or bare ground.
It has dissected leaves and pretty small bright pink flowers.
My Dad is likewise a survivor having come through the war years surviving a torpedo attack when on a POW ship and then going on to have many close shaves through the war. He greets each day with a smile and a positive outlook and like our merry band in the photo enjoys good company, a drink and loves to sing.
I salute my Dad with his indomitable spirit and wish him the happiest of birthdays on the 18th and many more to come.

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