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  1. Satureia montana ssp. citriodora is a lemon-scented variety of Winter Savory.

    Savory, Lemon Savory

    Mountain Savory, Garden Savory
    €1.86

    Satureia montana ssp. citriodora is a lemon-scented variety of Winter Savory from the Apennine mountains. The small perennial shrubs are semi-evergreen, they retain their aromatic, lemon scented leaves in all but the coldest gardens and remain useful all year round.

  2. Soapwort flowers appear in June to early September but the best time to admire their grace is July.

    Saponaria officinalis, Soapwort

    Bouncing Bet, Fuller's Herb
    €1.98

    Cleanliness is next to godliness even in history. For centuries Saponaria officinalis has helped keep us clean while providing a little loveliness in our gardens. The flowers are an important nectar source and emit a pleasant and intriguing clove-like scent, seducing both night moths and butterfly species.

  3. Sanguisorba officinalis is a an old-world herb that is currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity.

    Sanguisorba officinalis, Organic

    Greater Burnet, Di-Yu
    Ancient Herb, WIldflower of Britain and Ireland
    €2.34

    Out of stock

    Sanguisorba convey a relaxed feel to the garden, indispensable to the modern gardener, but it is the summer when the unusual red flowers top the slender, upright stems that it really becomes a head-turner. Easy to grow, they are happiest in a sunny spot where the soil stays moist. Organic Seed.
  4. Sanguisorba officinalis is a an old-world herb that is currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity.

    Sanguisorba officinalis

    Greater Burnet, Di-Yu
    Ancient Herb, WIldflower of Britain and Ireland
    €1.98

    Out of stock

    Sanguisorba officinalis is a native of Europe and an old-world herb that is currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity thanks to the revival of interest in perennial gardens and naturalised form of planting. Perfect for natural style planting schemes, it looks right at home in a swaying sea of grasses.

  5. A truly architectural plant with branched stems, each stem is topped with a profusion of pale blue blossoms and large pinkish white bracts,
    €2.34
    This hardy biennial Sage has been grown in almost every botanical sanctuary in human history. Each stem is topped with a profusion of pale blue blossoms and large pinkish white bracts. A truly architectural plant. Organic Seed.
  6. Okahijiki is a bit of stunner to look at. It has vibrant green stems and that fantastic springiness that you get with succulent plants

    Salsola komarovii, Okahijiki

    Land Seaweed, Saltwort
    €1.62

    Salsola komarovii, popularly known as Okahijiki is considered to be one of Japan’s oldest vegetables. A gourmet specialty, it is found in the wild growing in salt laden coastal marshes. A first tentative taste of a sprig reveals a surprising texture, the tubular leaves and branched stems are juicy with a crisp texture and salty flavour.

  7. Salsify may be a chic new vegetable with the foodie crowd but it just happens to be an old-fashioned heritage root crop.
    €1.50

    Out of stock

    Salsify may be a chic new vegetable with the foodie crowd but it just happens to be an old-fashioned heritage root crop. This unprepossessing Mediterranean winter vegetable has a delicate taste, ever so slightly sweet, some say slightly reminiscent of oysters, so much so that it is also known as the 'oyster plant'.

  8. Burnet or Salad Burnet is one of those wonderful old-fashioned herbs, the leaves have a subtle cucumber flavour,

    Salad Burnet

    Formerly known as Sanguisorba minor
    Ancient Herb

    Salad Burnet is a wonderful old herb that makes a great addition to any garden. It was planted along pathways 'to perfume the air most delightfully, being trodden on and crushed', the delicate leaves have a subtle cucumber flavour and today are used in salads, as a flavouring and to add interest to cold drinks.

  9. Rue, as an herb has for centuries been used by herbalists to treat almost every ailment known to man.

    Rue, Ruta graveolens, Organic

    Garden Rue, Herb of Grace, Herb Rue
    €1.98
    Rue leaves have a strong, pleasant orange-like fragrance, it is one of the most pleasant herbs to inhale. In the garden it is easy to grow and to maintain, it attracts wildlife and butterflies, while repelling fleas and mosquitoes. Organic Seed.
  10. Rue is easy to grow from seed, easy to maintain, evergreen, and makes a neat small hedge

    Rue, Ruta graveolens

    Garden Rue, Herb of Grace, Herb Rue
    €1.50

    Rue, as an herb has for centuries been used by herbalists to treat almost every ailment known to man. It is ornamental with pretty evergreen foliage. It is easy to grow from seed and easy to maintain. It is especially good in knot gardens because it can be pruned into a neat hedge.

  11. The root of Root Parsley Hamburg can be left in the ground all winter and dug up as and when your Sunday roast requires.

    Root Parsley, Hamburg 'Half-Long'

    Dutch Rooted Parsnip, Halflange
    Heritage (Germany 16th C.)
    €1.50

    Root Parsley Hamburg is an off-beat, dual purpose vegetable that deserves to be better known. The root can be left in the ground all winter and dug up as and when your Sunday roast requires and the luxury of having plenty of leaves to snip from the garden in winter can’t be overstated.

  12. The root of Root Parsley Hamburg can be left in the ground all winter and dug up as and when your Sunday roast requires.

    Root Parsley, Hamburg 'Berliner' Organic

    Dutch Rooted Parsnip, Halflange
    Heritage (Germany 16th C.)
    €2.10

    Out of stock

    Hamburg Parsley 'Berliner' has edible large flat, parsley-like leaves but should not be confused with common curly parsley or Italian flat leaf parsley, as neither produce edible roots. It is a specific variety grown for as a root vegetable rather than an herbaceous green. Organic Seeds.
  13. This variety of edible Rocket has been named after the Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element.

    Rocket, Wild Rocket 'Giove'

    Arugula, Roquette, Rucola, Rugula
    €1.62

    GIOVE, the Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element are the satellites that test technology in orbit for the Galileo positioning system, while Rocket ‘Giove’ is a new wild rocket variety that has been bred for flavour. Bolt-resistant, hardy with a distinctive flavour, I am sure Galileo would have approved of this new variety.

  14. Rocket, Salad Rocket 'Pronto'

    Rocket, Salad Rocket 'Pronto'

    Cultivated Rocket,
    Arugula, Roquette, Rucola, Rugula

    Rocket 'Pronto' is a very attractive and fast growing salad rocket. A clear improvement to regular varieties, the highly serrated leaves resemble the shape of wild rocket yet are mildly spicy with a nutty, light peppery flavour. Ideal as a bed for seafood and it also makes a wonderful salad on its own.

  15. Wild rocket is gaining in popularity; it has narrower and more deeply divided, aromatic leaves than the annual variety.

    Rocket, 'Wild Rocket' Organic

    Arugula, Roquette, Rucola, Rugula
    Ancient Crop. True wild variety
    €1.50

    Out of stock

    'Wild' Rocket, also known as perennial rocket has a more intense flavour than annual varieties and can be grown outdoors all year round. Suitable to container growing, use as a baby leaf in salad mixes. It can be 'cut and come again' two to three times. Organic Seed.
  16. Rocket, 'Wild Rocket'

    Rocket, 'Wild Rocket'

    Arugula, Roquette, Rucola, Rugula
    Ancient Crop. True Wild Variety

    'Wild' or 'Perennial' rocket is gaining in popularity; it has narrower and more deeply divided, aromatic leaves than the annual variety. With a sharp and clean flavour they hardly need a dressing. For restaurant quality micro-greens or pesto, use wild rocket when only the finest ingredients will do!

  17. This is an incredibly succulent, melt-in-your-mouth raw salad green that has recently gained popularity in the gourmet greens world; attracting both world class organic growers and chefs.

    Purslane, Claytonia 'Winter Purslane' Organic

    Miner's Lettuce, Indian Lettuce
    €2.22
    Miner’s Lettuce may not sound like the most appetising of edibles. But if you were a miner during the California Gold Rush, the sight of these plants emerging from the soft soil would have been as welcome as a plethora of gold nuggets. It appears in the early spring, when you are hungry for something fresh, the winter crops are quite exhausted but the lettuces aren’t quite ready. Organic Seeds
  18. This is an incredibly succulent, melt-in-your-mouth raw salad green that has recently gained popularity in the gourmet greens world; attracting both world class organic growers and chefs.

    Purslane, Claytonia 'Winter Purslane'

    Miner's Lettuce, Indian Lettuce
    €1.62

    This incredibly succulent, melt-in-your-mouth raw salad green has recently gained popularity in the gourmet greens world, attracting both world class growers and chefs. Best used fresh and tiny, these elegant leaves bring a rich, tart-creaminess to delicate, micro-green salads.

  19. Purslane 'Green Purslane'

    Purslane 'Green Purslane'

    Summer Purslane, Garden purslane.
    Ancient Crop. In use since the 1600's

    This highly esteemed ancient crop can be used raw in salads, sautéed as a side dish or cooked like spinach. Summer Purslane has a crispy texture you would expect from a succulent and an interesting nutty, peppery flavour. It is salty on the tongue.

  20. Purslane 'Golden Purslane'

    Purslane 'Golden Purslane'

    Summer Purslane, Garden purslane.
    Ancient Crop. In use since the 1600's

    Summer Purslane was highly esteemed and cultivated in Europe as far back as the Middle Ages, but is now cultivated only for specialised connoisseurs.This wonderfully succulent and cooling herb has tangy leaves make a very nice contrast, in texture as well as taste to other salad leaves.

  21. A long established favourite, especially bred for carving out Jack O Lanterns for Halloween.

    Pumpkin 'Jack O' Lantern' Organic

    Winter Squash, Halloween Pumpkin.
    €2.22
    Jack O' Lantern is a traditional pumpkin, especially bred for carving out Jack O'Lanterns for Halloween. A long established favourite, with medium orange colour and sweet flavoured flesh it makes a superb carving pumpkin and a tasty cooking pumpkin. Organic Seed.
  22. Persicaria flowers are clustered in a cylinder shape on the top of tall flower spikes.

    Polygonum bistorta, Bistort

    Herb Bistort, Easter Giant. Aka Persicaria bistorta
    Wildflower of Britain and Ireland
    €1.98

    Bistort was formerly cultivated as a culinary and medicinal plant. This semi-evergreen perennial produces clusters of small, light pink flowers throughout summer and into autumn. The plant is ideal for creating groundcover, it is also highly attractive to bees and butterflies.

  23. Pennyroyal has attractive whorls of lilac-blue flowers appear in mid to late summer, held above the foliage on stout stems.

    Pennyroyal, Mentha pulegium, Organic

    Pudding Grass, Pulegium
    Wildflower of Britain and Ireland, Ancient Crop
    €1.86
    Today, Pennyroyal is seldom considered a culinary herb, it can be found naturalised throughout the civilized world. In mid to late summer, attractive whorls of lilac-blue flowers appear held above the foliage on stout stems. Organic Seed.
  24. Pennyroyal has attractive whorls of lilac-blue flowers appear in mid to late summer, held above the foliage on stout stems.

    Pennyroyal, Mentha pulegium

    Pudding Grass, Pulegium
    Wildflower of Britain and Ireland, Ancient Crop

    Out of stock

    Pennyroyal is a cottage garden plant of old. This highly aromatic herb has a strong peppermint scent to its dark green leaves, even more so than other mints.With attractive whorls of lilac-blue flowers, it can be used to carpet a shady corner or make a 'lawn' smelling deliciously of peppermint.

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