Saturday, May 26, 2012
lost böhnenkraut waterfall
Villiers Street on the left. Behind, you Embankment Gardens.
A packet of seeds from Germany suffice for a tray of seedlings. Planted out today they make two fine rows. And there are still some left over to put in pots under the hedge where we grow most of our herbs for daily use. Böhnenkraut? It took me some time to discover that in English it is summer savory (winter savory, a perrenial is easier to grow but less aromatic). And what do you use it for? According to Heidi greengrocers in Germany throw in a bunch whenever you buy fresh beans. Hence the title which means litterally 'bean cabbage'. My herb book maintains that among its medicinal properties is use as an aphrodisiac.
Not the first time I have mentioned it here. On the corner of Grove Avenue just coming into bloom is a waterfall of white wisteria. The tips of the inflorescences are still a modest green, but the white blossom predominates adding to the effect of a cool and busy cataract flowing down the side of a house.