Hawthorn (Crataegus Monogyna): A tree of edges, magic and heart healing

The gnarled and sculptural Hawthorn tree proliferates along the stubbly corridors of our Sussex holloways. Its ancient silhouette decorates our thickets and woodlands and edges the farmland, the arable meadows and the sheep grazed pastures. At this time of year the glossy red berries are easy to find. On a recent walk cross-country to Firle, I was delighted to discover an abundance of the blood red fruit, jewelling a tapestry of hedgerow which lined the bridleway. I filled my canvas bag, and escaped with only a few pricks and scratches, pouring them out onto my kitchen table to dry, ready for use. I’m not normally one for making potions at home, my plant knowledge is limited, but after reading about how beneficial the berries are for heart conditions I began to take a keener interest. I’m hoping their powers for cardiovascular healing might help to protect against the heart failure that is in my family, calm my occasional palpitations and lower my slightly high blood pressure.

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Sensory Journeys with Plants

Fern Middleton works at the A.S.APOTHECARY distilling garden and is a textile and print designer. This month we asked her to write a piece exploring her relationship with plants and how that informs her stunning textile designs. In this blog post she beautifully captures this special connection..

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Shedding skins – Evolving Self.

In summer, when the days are long, our metabolisms and energy levels amp up, but in winter our energy levels reduce and the brain produces more melatonin because of the lack of sunlight, which makes us sleepy. For most of us though, productivity remains the same all year round, and from season to season we make no real distinction and our output levels stay pretty consistent. Perhaps this is the problem?

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Twigs Moss Mud - A Visit to Sussex Artist Linda Felcey

Linda Felcey is a fine artist whose paintings and prints explore an intimate and shifting connection with environment, nature and the impact of the seasons on a rural Sussex landscape. Linda’s exhibition ‘Deluge’ will be showing in the A.S.APOTHECARY shop in Lewes from 30th November until 28th February.  Tara Gould visited Linda in her studio, a shepherd’s hut at the foot of the South Down, to find out more about her work process.

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