Out walking in the East Sussex countryside today I came across the most beautiful sight ….. a path chock full of wild chamomile flowers (Matricaria chamomilla) growing between two huge plantings of broad beans.
The path must be at least a 1/4 of a mile long and the scent as I trod along in the bright summer sunshine was sweet and heavenly. I also love the fact that the pineapple weed (Chamomilla discoidea), a close relative of chamomile, was getting in on the act and adding its amazing sweet pineapple aroma to the heady sensual mix.
I walk this path regularly every year and its usually just grassy but something quite magical has happened this year. Although I was tempted to harvest a couple of handfuls, I resisted as I am pretty sure the field is sprayed with various chemicals. None-the-less, it was an absolute joy and privilege to spend quality time in the presence of such beauty.
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