Last year I planted Chamomile, with no great success. I tried it in various places and had a little bit grow around my homemade birdbath. It produced one really good bunch of flowers, which were duly harvested and made into Chamomile tea.

But what I had forgotten, when I had been, with desperate conviction, trying to get my chamomile to grow, was that I had ‘lost’ almost half a packet of seeds that had spilled out of the envelope. Fast forward to a little over a year later and I now know where the seeds have gone.

All Change

I was changing a one of my planting beds over to hugelkultur this year, using old tree branches cut down last year. My other hugelkultur beds had done so well, I have been slowly changing all the beds over. It’s just a matter of saving up old wood and branch cuttings.

And all a bit late this year as well, as the weather has been terrible. Very little sun and quite cold, in fact frosts into late April. So it wasn’t a tragedy that my garden beds were going in a little late this year.

Long Lost Found

But it also gave a chance to an unknown plant to grow along the paths of one of the raised beds. I had a vague inkling that I recognised the greenery, so decided to leave it to see what resulted. It was as I had conjectured, or should I truthfully say, hoped. The plants were my long lost chamomile seeds. And May brought forth its flowers, in abundance. Hoorah!  Lot’s of chamomile tea this year!

See what a little clumsiness, laziness and downright curiosity can sow?

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    1. Heaps! I had so much I had to hang some for drying as they wouldn’t all fit on my drying racks. Slowly working my way through the batch, taking off stems and then storing in jars. In amongst this I also have lavender on the go. Busy times (my excuse and apologies for not replying sooner!)

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