We’ve been meeting the Bach Flower Remedy trees growing at Offshoots and the surrounding area, observing how they grow, sharing our impressions of each tree and discussing their uses as Bach Flower Remedies. Come along and meet some of them with us….hornbeam, elm, oak, walnut, beech and sweet chestnut.

Hornbeam flower remedy releases procrastination and brings mental alertness. Very useful if you find it hard to get going in the morning, get tired sitting in front of the computer or feel weary about routine in your life.

Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) looks muscular and sinewy, almost like a human body. The remedy is made from the lemon-coloured catkins that are full of bright vitality.

Photo credit: Wendy Davison

We’ve been meeting the Bach Flower Remedy trees growing at Offshoots and the surrounding area, observing how they grow, sharing our impressions of each tree and discussing their uses as Bach Flower Remedies. Come along and meet some of them with us….beech, oak, elm, walnut, sweet chestnut and hornbeam.

Beech flower remedy is for when we feel critical or judgemental about anyone who is different from us. It helps us to be more tolerant, accepting and flexible.

Beech (Fagus sylvatica) creaks and groans like someone having a good moan! It has no tolerance for other species growing beside it in the woodland. The flower remedy is made from tiny wiry little flower spikes which can be seen in April- May.

Photo credit: Wendy Davison

We received 15 healthy Star of Bethlehem plants from Poytnzfield Herbs along with Rock Rose plants, Vervain and Centaury seeds. Thank you Poyntzfield!

Star of Bethlehem and Rock Rose are two of the ingredients in the world famous Rescue Remedy® (also known as Revival Remedy™ and 5 Flower Remedy®) which many people rely on in times of stress.

Star of Bethlehem grows happily through grass so we found a little grassy corner to plant them beside the dry stone wall. We wanted to make sure they weren’t trampled unknowingly as they grew, so we decided to use some wood found on site to make a border between the plants and the path. We gave them a good drink of water first after their long journey from Scotland.

Star of Bethlehem is the Bach Flower Remedy for releasing shock and trauma so we certainly didn’t want the plants to suffer the shock of being trodden on every few minutes!

The weeds were dug out from the grass so that the Star of Bethlehem would have room to flourish. Grown from bulbs, these little plants already have a couple of buds waiting to burst into characteristic white stars in May.

Star of Bethlehem flower remedy brings comfort after receiving bad news, suffering bereavement or any other shock or trauma, either recent or long ago.

We’ve been meeting the Bach Flower Remedy trees growing at Offshoots and the surrounding area, observing how they grow, sharing our impressions of each tree and discussing their uses as Bach Flower Remedies. Come along and meet some of them with us…. oak, elm, walnut, sweet chestnut, beech and hornbeam.

Oak flower remedy restores physical energy and strength when you’re exhausted. It’s for people who are normally resilient, strong and hard-working but keep going without resting so become worn out.

Oak (Quercus rober) supports the largest number of species in the woodland. Ancient oaks are among the oldest living beings on earth; solid, protective and strong. The remedy is made from the tiny red female flowers which can be seen in April-May in the UK.

Photo credit: Wendy Davison

We’ve been meeting the Bach Flower Remedy trees growing at Offshoots and the surrounding area, observing how they grow, sharing our impressions of each tree and discussing their uses as Bach Flower Remedies. Come along and meet some of them with us…. sweet chestnut, elm, oak, walnut, beech and hornbeam.

Sweet Chestnut flower remedy is for the dark night of the soul; when you feel utter despair and are shut off from all light and joy.

The bark of the sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa) tree becomes deeply furrowed with age, yet it has a silvery shine to it. The tree has a spiral pattern which journeys up to the light, The flower remedy is made from its catkins which, unlike most other catkins, point up to the light.

Photo credit: Wendy Davison

We’ve been meeting the Bach Flower Remedy trees growing at Offshoots and the surrounding area, observing how they grow, sharing our impressions of each tree and discussing their uses as Bach Flower Remedies. Come along and meet them with us…. walnut, elm, oak, sweet chestnut, beech and hornbeam.

Walnut flower remedy supports you through changes in life, both emotional and physical. It protects and strengthens you when you’re feeling vulnerable.

Walnut’s female flowers arrive in May looking like little wombs and walnut’s a popular flower remedy during pregnancy.

Walnut (Juglians regia) is a thin barked tree, vulnerable to squirrel damage at Offshoots and needing shelter to thrive in the UK.

We’ve been meeting the Bach Flower Remedy trees growing at Offshoots and the surrounding area, observing how they grow, sharing our impressions of each tree and discussing their uses as Bach Flower Remedies. Come along and meet some of them with us…. elm, oak, walnut, sweet chestnut, beech and hornbeam.

Elm flower remedy releases feelings of being overwhelmed; for those times when you’ve got more to cope with than you feel able for. Elm flower remedy helps you to cope and see things in perspective.

Despite being plagued by Dutch elm disease since 1927, the English elm shows incredible resilience growing again from the roots despite disease. It’s like the Phoenix rising from the Ashes!

Photo credit: Wendy Davison

Some of the 37 plants we’re growing for the Bach Flower Remedy garden were already on-site at Offshoots because they’re useful in Permaculture.

Wild Rose, Walnut, Sweet Chestnut, Elm and Honeysuckle are flourishing with Holly, Oak, Hornbeam, White Chestnut and Chestnut Bud  just a short walk from the garden. We’re growing other plants from seed and have also been approaching nurseries asking for donations of plants for the project. We’ve been staggered by the generosity of the nurseries who are donating plants to the project.

This picture shows the first arrivals on-site. Beautiful Willow, Elm and Scots Pine which arrived from Buckingham Nurseries along with some Gorse plants.

These are the seed-trays where we’ve planted seedlings for the Bach Flower Garden. We planted Clematis, Gentian, Mustard, Centaury and Vervain. Can you see any sign of green shoots coming through? They’re in the lean-to on a heated mat getting lots of sunlight through the windows but it doesn’t look like much is happening yet……

Meanwhile outside some of the volunteers have created a new raised bed which is wonderful! This new bed in one of the sunniest spots on-site, just at the entrance and against a South-facing wall. Lime has been added to the soil so that we can grow the plants that prefer calcerous soil. This bed is where we’ll be growing the most delicate plants, along with those that are real sun-worshippers. We’ll be creating a forest garden effect with low ground-covering plants like Centaury, Gentian and Rock Rose, leading up to the taller plants like Agrimony, Chicory, Vervain and Cerato, and finally Clematis and Olive as the tallest level.

We may need to do a site visit to test the pH of the soil at Salthill Quarry where Centaury, Gentian and Agrimony thrive in the wild. Gentian (Gentianella amarella) is a rare little plant and we want to do our best to give it a happy home to live in. We’ve planted one tray of Gentian seeds just to see if it will grow from seed in spring.  In the wild, propagation would happen in autumn so we may need to replicate its natural rhythm for success and try again with the gentian seeds in October.

Local artist Eddie Foster teaches drawing and painting to people who attend Offshoots Permaculture as part of the Target: Wellbeing Programme.

Eddie and flower essence practitioner Jackie Stewart ran a joint workshop combining meditation, Bach Flower Remedies and art on 9th February 2011. Each participant chose a photograph of a Bach Flower Remedy flower to inspire their artwork. We talked about the healing qualities of each flower and how they were relevant to modern life. The photographs were provided by nature photographer Jason Smalley.

Here’s a selection of the group’s artwork. Some of the group have never tried drawing before. Beautiful, don’t you think? We plan to upload images of their finished paintings soon. Watch this space!

This pink flower is Centaury. Centaury flower essence is for people who put other people’s needs before their own. It brings increased willpower and the ability to say no when you need to.

This blue flower is Chicory.  Chicory flower essence is for people who can be possessive and put conditions on their love. Taking this essence helps you to experience unconditional love; a wonderful balm for the heart!

This tree blossom is Sweet Chestnut. Sweet Chestnut flower essence is for the Dark Night of the Soul; deep desolation. Taking this essence shows you the light at the end of the tunnel, reminding you of your own inner light.

This blue flower is Cerato. Cerato flower essence is for people who don’t trust their own intuition, always asking others what they think. As cerato is taken you connect more with your own inner guidance.

This pink flower is Wild Rose. Wild Rose flower essence is for people who feel apathetic and lack interest in life. As wild rose is taken you rediscover your enthusiasm and engage more with life.

This grass is Wild Oat. Wild oat flower essence is for people who lack direction, never quite finding their vocation in life. As wild oat is taken it brings fulfillment and purpose.

This yellow flower is Rock Rose. Rock Rose flower essence is for terror and panic. As rock rose is taken it restores courage and calm.