St. John’s Wort. Hypericum Calycinum.

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Hypericum Calycinum. St. John’s Wort. Not the medicinal species.

First moved up to Wales all those nearly 27 years ago and this shrub/flower has always been present as first seen on the driveway. Ground cover that, mind-you, allows invasive Red Valerian, brambles, ivy, lilac shoots, Virginia Creeper and much, much more to break through it’s leafy carpet. Over two days? Over two days I spent hours and hours tidying up, by removing all those ‘afore saids’ from within it’s blanket foliage. Well…..apart from the Virginia Creeper.

An Ash tree sapling remains. An oak tree sapling does not. There are a decent half a dozen other varieties of plants and small flowers on the expanded, void from Hypericum, front stretch behind the badly in need of painting metal railings. Railings which are well built, decades upon decades in age now and of a profound sturdy-ness. All this whilst they lean at a slight angle, in a very slightly drunken manner, towards the house. I found that chalk paint covered with protective outdoor matt varnish works well on metal. I may try it out.

Those beautiful yellow flowery awaiting’s? Wikipedia state:

‘Hypericum calycinum is a species of prostrate or low-growing shrub in the flowering plant family Hypericaceae. Widely cultivated for its large yellow flowers, its names as a garden plant include ‘Rose-of-Sharon’ in Britain and Australia, and ‘Aaron’s beard’, ‘Great St-John’s wort’, ‘Creeping St. John’s wort’ and ‘Jerusalem Star’.

Grown in Mediterranean climates, widely spread in the Strandja Mountains along the Bulgarian and Turkish Black Sea coast, and also in Flanders in Belgium’.

Cut a small leaf piece off at 04.30 this morning as the light was rising in the sky. Wet from overnight rain. It deserved to be placed before the two church candles in the warm glow of Edison Bulb dining room ambience. Just in order to cement a Summers’ memory.

Love those little treasured memory moments. They are of a necessary nature. Helps to fix the names and places from the Wiki information above. And keeps the brain holistically active. The old Noggin needs to Keep a Joggin’.

You know……what’s useful in old age?

Keeping Needful Gentle Tactics to Keep In Heedful Mental Gymnastics.

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4 thoughts on “St. John’s Wort. Hypericum Calycinum.”

    1. Hi Danny. After the gardening focus of getting to grips with the actual mess and planning? Be great to read up on various stuff again. My brain is no longer able to retain and the knowledge from reading up about herbs, plants, wild flowers, etc. from the long ago past has gone. Rose-of-Sharon is an amazing name for such an amazing flower. The ‘Berries’ are poisonous I think! I can’t remember berries though. 🤔 All the best.


      1. My mother had Rose-of-Sharon at the entrance to the driveway. It won’t grow where I am located but I do have wild sunflowers everywhere which results in plenty of pollinators for the garden. Cheers

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      2. Bees do seem to love those various yellow flower beauties! My Mum’s fave was Sunflowers. She ran a nursery for children from abusive homes and would often get them to paint Sunflowers. Made them closer to feeling positivity. My daughter did a fair few family photography shoots in Sunflower growers fields near to where she lives. When I supported Deaf art students, my lasting memory from those signing days and waving my hands about was a Van Gogh inspired project by one of the students. Using signs describing Van Gogh’s highs and lows in life. So? I do love Sunflowers. You have some amazing treasures around your living space then. Must raise your spirits every day. All the best.

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