After a very wet winter and hot summer, the garden at Tresanton has literally exploded into life. It is very peaceful at the moment but I miss the chatter of the guests and my fellow workers.
I have just counted the number of Echiums in the garden this year, we have nearly 60, plus a good handful of little seedling for next. Our Echiums are spectacular and otherworldly. Adored by the bees that amass all over them until they hum, a guest once referred to them as ‘bee lollipops’ which is a perfectly brilliant description.
The sun worshiping plants were traditionally used by the Greeks to heal wounds and as an anti-inflammatory. The beauty benefits got lost in translation and the Echium was dismissed as nothing more than a garden plant for years. The oil is a super-rich source of saturated fatty acids and phospholipids (lipids with ultra-moisturizing properties). They help to repair the skin’s protective barrier, which improves hydration and reduces roughness and are found today in many of the worlds top face creams.
If you need to find me I will be in the garden shed with a pestle and mortar!