Plant of the Week 🌻 Sunflower from the genus helianthus is an easy to grow herbaceous annual native to the America continent. Mostly grown for its seed used to produce oil, all parts of the sunflower plant are both edible and highly nutritious. It's a wonderful addition to our walled garden enjoyed for its impressive stature and as a fantastic feed for birds.
Plant Of The Week 🌿 Borage officinalis or Starflower is an annual herb with bright blue edible flowers. Easy to grow, all parts of the plant have medicinal or culinary uses. We use the sweet tasting flowers to decorate dishes and add flavour to gin and tonics. Used fresh the cucumbers leaves make a refreshing tea. The blooms produce excellent honey. Our Liss Ard bees enjoy feeling on Borage every day in our walled garden.
Plant Of The Week 🌿 Laburnum a deciduous tree often called the golden chain tree due to its yellow hanging flowers. Grown purely as an ornamental, all parts of the tree are extremely poisonous. Our mild Irish climate provides ideal growing conditions for this highly decorative tree. We have several examples of Laburnum growing on the estate.
Plant Of The Week 🌿⠀ The Valerian, a fragrant perennial plant used as a medicinal herb for centuries to treat sleep disorders such as insomnia. Native to Ireland this elegant plant may be found in hedges and river banks. The nectar and pollen of the pale pink flowers provide good food for butterflies.
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