This morning, a small group of volunteers from Water of Leith Conservation Trust gathered by St Bernard's Well to weed and plant the old medicinal garden. The weather was beautiful, mild and dry. The weeding was easy and we then had a tea break (with nice biscuits!) before starting on the planting. Robins were singing around us and a beautiful female mute swan swam slowly past on the river as we worked. We also had good views of a dipper, busily looking for food in the river.
This photo gives some idea of how the area looked to start with, pretty overgrown.
This is how it looked after we had done all the weeding (the area in the background to the right had already been planted with medicinal herbs).
And this is how it looked when we had finished!
We planted species such as sneezewort, teasels (not strictly speaking medicinal, but used in making dyes), purple loosestrife, tansy and St John's Wort. Then we planted some daffodils in a long trail in the shape of a serpent (which is the symbol of health).
It was very enjoyable to be involved in the work and I really look forward to seeing the garden develop and bloom!
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