Herbs & spices

Salad burnet flower

Salad burnet

Sat, 07/12/2019 - 3:00pm

Cucumbery salad leaf and a cure for a drunkard's thirst, what more could you want? Penny Woodward asks.


Heartwarming heartsease

Mon, 14/10/2019 - 2:13pm

In medieval times, Penny Woodward explains, heartsease was used in love potions.

Golden yellow flowers

Tree marigold

Tue, 10/09/2019 - 4:20pm

Flowers provide bright splashes of colour for many months says Penny Woodward


Statuesque angelica

Fri, 12/07/2019 - 2:32pm

Choose your spot carefully suggests Penny Woodward, before planting angelica.

Buckland oregano

Oregano and marjoram

Tue, 26/02/2019 - 11:44am

Penny Woodward says that oregano comes into its own at this time of year.


Hyssop highlights

Sun, 03/02/2019 - 2:10pm

Hyssop, says Penny Woodward, attracts bees and butterflies and dispels the ‘nits and itchings of the beard’!

English lavender 'Edgerton Blue'

Smell the lavender?

Wed, 31/10/2018 - 5:22pm

Find the right lavender, says Penny Woodward, to use for its calming and relaxing effects.


Shungiku (chop suey greens)

Sat, 16/06/2018 - 2:56pm

Have you tried this interesting, flavoursome and nutritious plant, asks Penny Woodward.

Salvia lanceolata

Edible and useful salvias

Wed, 26/07/2017 - 1:38pm

Volatile oils in the leaves give salvias their scent and flavour explains Penny Woodward.