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Herb of the Year 2018

Hops

Features:

  • Hops are well known for flavouring beer
  • Used medicinally to calm nerves
  • It’s believed that a pillow stuffed with hops will cure insomnia
  • Harvest during August or September when the flowers have dried out on the vine
  • Plant in full sun to part shade
  • Prefers moist, well-drained soil

Herbs and Plants with Meaning for Showers and Weddings:

  • Azalea – Romance, I will always be true
  • Lavender – Devotion, pure love
  • Baby’s Breath – Gentleness, everlasting love
  • Sweet marjoram – Wild joy
  • Basil, sweet – Good luck and best wishes
  • Myrtle – “Be my love”
  • Burnet – Joy, merry heart
  • Pansy – “You occupy my thoughts”
  • Catnip – the intoxication of love
  • Parsley – Festivity
  • Chamomile – May all your wishes come true
  • Rosemary – Remembrance, fidelity
  • Coreopsis – Love at first sight
  • Sage – Domestice virtues, long life and good health
  • Forget-me-nots – Truelove
  • Lemon verbena – Enchantment
  • Geranium, rose – Preference
  • Sweet woodruff – “Be cheerful” and “Rejoice in life”
  • Heliotrope – Intoxication, “I love you”
  • Thyme – Happiness
  • Holly – Domestic happiness
  • Tulip, red – Declaration of love
  • Hollyhock – Fecundity
  • Violets – Love and faithfulness
  • Red rose – Undying love