Wyrtig

For gardeners with a sense of history
 

OE wyrtig, adj: Garden-like, full of plants;
On anum wyrtige hamme, Homl. Skt. ii. 30:312
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Welcome to Wyrtig.com
A resource for gardeners with a sense of history

 

Here you will find information about:

  • Early gardens
    Roman, Continental, and British gardens, from 43 CE to 1400 CE

  • Early plants
    What archeology and early manuscripts tell us about the plants grown in these gardens

  • Growing heirloom plants
    How to select, start, pot on, plant out, and nurture historic, traditional, and heirloom plants in your garden

  • Resources for gardeners
    Print and online resources, as well as a detailed glossary specific to Wyrtig topics

  • Contact us, about us, copyright and permissions
    How to email us with questions or comments, who creates this site, and information about copyright and permission to use materials

 


 Let us start from the ground up.

         As we sow, so shall we reap,
         knowing that oaks from tiny acorns grow,
         and keeping a green tree ever in our hearts.

        To everything there is a season;
         may we scatter with one hand
         and gather with two --
         may having the wind in our face
         make us wise.

                                                 
S.E.S. Eberly

 

Psalter, British Library,  Royal 2 B II, France,  c. 1250 CE

 

 

What's new ...

 

Early Plants

 British Plants Classified by When
 and How They Were Introduced

    Native plants

    Archeophytes

    Casual Plants
 

 What plants were cited most
 frequently in early medieval
 sources?

 

 What plants appear in the
 archeological record in Britain?

 

Early gardens

 Medieval garden tools

 Medieval images of the labors of
 the month

 

Growing heirloom plants

 Chamomile - Chamaemelum
 nobile

    Chamomile in early sources

 
 Dill - Anethum graveolens
    Dill in early sources

 

Garden lore

 A prayer to heal a pox caused by
 water elves

 Ęcerbot, a field prayer

 Nine Herbs Prayer from the
 Lacnunga

 

 

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Botanists are among those who know that, in spite of the rude shocks of life,
it is well to have lived, and to have seen the everlasting beauty of the world.
F.D. Drewitt

 

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