Here at the Bach Flower Remedy Garden we’ve been tending seeds and little plants for months so it felt great to plant some of them into the soil at last.

planting herbsWe planted vervain (Verbena officinalis) and chicory (Cichorium intybus) at the back of the south-facing perennial herb bed. Vervain grows to 2ft and chicory’s bright blue flowers can reach 5ft tall. They will make a beautiful backdrop to the lower growing herbs.

watering herbsWe began planting in the raised bed which has had limestone added to the soil to create a more alkaline bed to suit the plants which thrive in those conditions.

raised bed with limestoneHere you can see the Bach Flower Remedy plants rock rose (Helianthemum mummularium), vervain (Verbena officinalis) and chicory (Cichorium intybus). We’ll be planting olive (Olea europaea), cerato (Ceratostigma willmottianum), agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria), clematis (Clematis vitalba), centaury (Centaurium erythraea) and gentian (Gentianella amarella) into this bed when they’re ready.

raised bed at Offshoots permacultureAcid-loving heather (Calluna vulgaris) needs a different environment altogether. The acid bed where the blueberries grow had been taken over by invasive hedge bindweed so we had a mammoth weeding session to make space for the little heather plants.

planting heather calluna vulgarisHeather is one of the Bach Flower Remedies that treats loneliness. We tucked them into their new bed, smiling to think that the other Bach Flower Remedy plants that treat loneliness (impatiens and water violet) are growing just a couple of feet away!

tending heather plants at Offshoots permacultureA huge thank you to the brilliant volunteers who brought enthusiasm, knowledge and hard work to our planting day!