Saturday, 14 December 2013

The Herbarium Collection

I 've taken a week off my Naturopath study - all my assignments have been marked for the year and I've passed them all! I'm a year ahead in my studies - my next assignment is not due until 
19th December 2014. Yep on a part time course but working at full time pace.and really loving it!

My first day off study I gave myself play time with my herbarium collection. 
A collection of all the herbs growing at our place.


There really isn't anything more thrilling than the unveiling of pressed flowers - 
the oohs and arrs of specimens that have pressed just perfect and kept their colour.
Very fun!


Labelling and mounting is actually very soothing 


The press doesn't stay empty for long - at this time of year lots of the herbs are in flower.


Not that I have any idea how to press the globe artichoke flower.


 Shall we play name that herb....

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  1. #1, pass, #2,evening primrose,#3, pass, #4,pelargonium, #5, Chamomile, #6, is it Ladies' Mantle?,#7, nasturtium, #8, is it sage? Congrats on all passes, you are so well in advance, where do you fit it all in? I need to clone myself, 3 times, to a version at least 10 years younger!!! Greetings to all, Jean

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    1. Morning Jean - I'll admit I got a bit worn out last week and life got on top of me..but a few days rest and I will be back to me. mmm I'm often asked how I do it all - I just like to be busy - don't watch tv, get up at 4am, don't walk the malls (hate shopping) and I stay home a lot (which I like).

      #1, pass, #2,evening primrose, YES #3, pass, #4,pelargonium,YES (rose) #5, Chamomile, NO #6, is it Ladies' Mantle?,NO #7, nasturtium, Yes #8, is it sage? No 3/8 (I don't think any one will get no 8 doesn't help that photo a bit out of focus) Thanks for playing!

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  2. You're amazing Leanne, you deserve much more than a week off!! Congrats on such wonderful acheivements this year. I'm terrible on flowers, but adding to Jean's answers I wonder if #1 is comfrey, #3 might be some kind of allium, and #6 is catmint or catnip, no idea about #8. I would have said chamomile too for number 5!

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    1. adding to Jean's answers I wonder if #1 is comfrey, (NO) #3 might be some kind of allium (NO), and #6 is catmint or catnip(AHH VERY GOOD CATMINT), no idea about #8. I would have said chamomile too for number 5(NO)

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  3. Leanne I guess you know about acid-free materials for your lovely pressings? I'm sure you do but if you need any pointers don't forget we have the little art shop and Tony's great on archival material etc.

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    1. Yes thanks all acid free including glue. Love Leanne

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  4. No. 5 is helenium? No. 1 is nicotiana? Can't see the foliage on no. 8 well enough to tell, is it monkshood?

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    1. Hi WendyWoo thanks for playing!! No. 5 is helenium?NO
      No. 1 is nicotiana? YES NICOTINA TABACUM TOBACCO Can't see the foliage on no. 8 well enough to tell, is it monkshood? NO I'll tell this one as photo pretty bad... Hyssop SMILE.

      That leaves no 3 and no 5 to guess.

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  5. Or #5 could be matricaria. I'm going to stay with my other two guesses!

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    1. Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) having the leaves in photo would of helped SMILE

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  6. Hyssop! I know that plant very well, I call it agastache, couldn't see the leaves...

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    1. Smile when I took the photos I wasn't planning on having a game it just kind popped in my head when I did the morning blog.post

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  7. I forgot, your pressed flowers are beautiful, my mother used to press flowers and arrange them on paper as in their natural surroundings and frame them... very pretty. Unfortunately they don't last forever. Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. Thanks so glad it brought fond memories back for you.My Herbarium Collection is another study tool to get to know the herbs better that I am growing

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  8. I won't even attempt to identify all your lovely pressed herds & flowers. I just know they are beautiful works of art. I haven't thought about pressing flowers since I was in Girl Scouts and we did a year long project pressing flora & making a book out of the mounted specimens. I hope it is an art that will also make a comeback with new generation of young people. Such beauty preserved for many years to come. I never had a real press, just a stack of my Grandfathers' medical books, but they did a decent job of pressing, it just took a but longer than a press to do the job. So great that the archival materials are available now to keep your work preserved.
    Hope you get a few minutes to relax on you break from school. You have worked your tush off to get through a years work in half the time. Just shows how much room there is to reduce the normal schedule, but schools seem to like to keep students for too long these days. Are you ready for all your cat guest to arrive?

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    1. I think I pressed flowers when I was a brownie too. SMILE. Thanks for the encouragement I'm loving the study feels like I've found my calling. It is hard saying no to all the other things I want to do but is going to be soo worth being a hermit for three years instead of having to study for six years.Short term pain for long term gain. Yes all ready for the cat guests - just want to get the weeding done this week so place looks nice for when their owners drop them off. - So week off the books but a week planned of some serious gardening. I'm just about to go out in garden now before the sun gets too hot. Iphone loaded with audio book and off I go.

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  9. Dry a globe artichoke perhaps but not even the mammogram machine could press one.
    Congratulations on passing all your course.
    Strangely all the parts of my garden under trees or in shade are weeded the sunny ones less so.

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    1. LOL re mammogram machine - something I will admit to never of experienced and plan not to. I've just popped in for a glass of water and will be moving to a cooler spot in the garden for next weed patch (i've plenty to choose from all this rain has growded good weeds)

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