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Comment by Kali on January 31, 2010 at 7:03pm
Ariane, if it helps there are some seeds on my german chamomile plant you could try growing, mine tastes fine
Comment by Ariane Craig Smith on January 31, 2010 at 6:00pm
Hi Lynn, the tag says Roman Chamomile, which according to my research should be fine. But the taste is definitely unpleasant - and I tried brewing with fresh flowers, dried flowers, and with just a few heads - and they all came out tasting bad. Maybe it's just that plant - I am heart-broken as I've been waiting with excitement for it to flower and it is now a sizeable plant.
Comment by Lynn on January 31, 2010 at 5:20pm
Are you at all aware of exactly which chamomile? I haven't personally experienced a bitterness problem with my recently harvested German Chamomile flowers. However, not all herbals teas purchased in the shops is equal.
Comment by Ariane Craig Smith on January 31, 2010 at 4:28pm
I have a chamomile plant which I purchased from Kings and have just started harvesting the flowers. I tried to make a cup of tea from them today, however the tea was strongly bitter and unpleasant - not at all the flavour I am familiar with for chamomile tea! Does anyone know if this is normal/have you had the same experience? I am reluctant to drink this - could it be the wrong variety of chamomile?
Comment by Kali on January 25, 2010 at 11:03pm
re chive division, I think if you can keep them moist you could do it now, trim first, there is plenty of time for them to regrow before winter, but I have done it in spring in the past
Comment by Caroline Wilkinson on January 25, 2010 at 5:09pm
Does anyone know where I can get hold of a Withania plant or seeds?
Comment by Bridge Scully on January 21, 2010 at 4:35pm
Can anyone tell me when is the best time to divide herbs such as chives?
Thanks muchly, Bridge.
Comment by Caroline Gill on December 30, 2009 at 2:43pm
Hi All,
I planted some chocolate mint about a week ago and I have suddenly had these little bugs appear. They are only about 1mm in diameter and are roundish, they appear to have an orange head and a black body. Does anyone have any idea what they are and if I should worry about them or just leave them alone?

Comment by Lynn on December 27, 2009 at 9:15pm
Although from the same family of plants (Lamiaceae - mint family), Black Horehound (Ballota nigra) is reputed to be somewhat smelly, giving rise to the alternative name of 'Stinking Horehound', while Marrubium vulgare (White Horehound) actually used to be used to make candy. Each has different properties, and to be honest, without seeing what you are making, I would suggest that you would need to stick to Horehound, generally agreed to be White Horehound, rather than switching it to the Black.
Comment by Caroline Wilkinson on December 27, 2009 at 8:22pm
Does anyone know if there is a difference between Horehound and Black Horehound? I have a recipe using Horehound and only have Black Horehound and wondered if it would be the same?

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