Poinsettia: History and Tradition of the Christmas Flower

By FloraQueen For some reason, Christmas isn’t always imagined as a time for flowers. Due to the December cold, many flowers don’t bloom outside and we tend to put more focus on winter foliage like pine, mistletoe and holly. However, there’s one big exception when it comes to Christmas flowers in the shape of the … Continue reading Poinsettia: History and Tradition of the Christmas Flower

A bad witch’s blog: Craft: Witchcraft, Wands and Wild Roses by Badwitch

Craft: Witchcraft, Wands and Wild Roses I love wild roses. One seeded naturally in my back garden and grew along the fence between it and that of the house next door. It was a dog rose, the most abundant wild rose that grows in England. It has simple, pale pink blooms with five petal as … Continue reading A bad witch’s blog: Craft: Witchcraft, Wands and Wild Roses by Badwitch

BBC – Earth – Why do leaves change colour in autumn? By Chris Packham

The glory of autumn explained: Chris Packham reveals why leaves change from greens to reds and golden yellows. The spectacle of green leaves turning rich reds and yellows in autumn happens when trees have taken all the food they can from the leaves that are filled with chlorophyll – the biomolecule that absorbs energy from … Continue reading BBC – Earth – Why do leaves change colour in autumn? By Chris Packham

The plant that can kill and cure

Nightshades have a deadly reputation but these plants, steeped in myth and folklore, have been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. And they may have properties that could keep us healthy today, writes Mary Colwell. "J K Rowling was extremely good at botany, and one of the plants she put into Harry Potter … Continue reading The plant that can kill and cure

The Easiest Herbs to Grow Indoors — And How to Do It By Gabriella Vetere

When you are so used to cooking the same things, meals tend to feel monotonous. One of the best ways to change things up in the kitchen is to add fresh herbs. Not only do they have pungent flavor profiles, but they also usually come with added health benefits. Buying fresh herbs can get expensive, … Continue reading The Easiest Herbs to Grow Indoors — And How to Do It By Gabriella Vetere