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Winter is cold, full of sickness and not much energy, it is the perfect time for thyme! The Greek word for thyme was said to mean “fumigate” for its strong balsamic odor. It was often used as an incense to dispel illness and germs in the air. Another derived meaning comes from the Greek word […]Read more »
Walk along the narrow twisted alleyways of a Middle Eastern souk, or marketplace, past the displays of wicker baskets, abas, knives and gold jewelry. Eventually, you’ll round a corner and be pleasantly overwhelmed by the sights and smells of herbs and spices piled high in the stalls and shops. Bright orange saffron, terra-cotta cinnamon, dark […]Read more »
The other night I dreamed of the holly bush. If you are a plant person, dreaming about plants is not so very unusual. I have often had dreams with plants or trees as the background to my imagining but this time, the holly bush was front and center. I have no holly growing in my […]Read more »
This year I grew some new plants, Boneset being one of them. It was soooo easy to grow from a plant that I purchased in North Carolina. I harvested the aerial parts(all parts above the soil) and have it drying on a rack in my kitchen right now. Boneset is a must have […]Read more »
Hops (Humulus Lupulus), is a vining, perennial plant native to most Northern temperate regions, with three varieties native to North America. I was surprised when I recently discovered that it is related to stinging nettle, though I had already heard that hops and cannabis (including hemp and marijuana) are cousins, both being in the family […]Read more »
Comfrey (Symphytum officianale) is an attractive and useful plant, with large, hairy leaves and bell shaped, purplish flowers. Native to Europe and temperate parts of Asia, it is in the same family as borage and forget me not. Comfrey can be grown almost anywhere and in most types of soil, but is happiest with some […]Read more »
Salad dressing is something I have not purchased in a very long time. Back when I did purchase it, the ingredient list, no matter how “organic”, always contained something I had concerns about. As a result, I began making my own dressing and will never turn back. It is so simple and one of the […]Read more »
We here in the Northern Hemisphere have just celebrated the summer solstice–the longest day of the year and the beginning (for most of us) of the summer holiday season. All of this sun, mild weather, and blooming gardens have me thinking about calendula (aka marigolds or Calendula officinalis). You’ve probably seen marigolds a hundred times; […]Read more »
I spoke with my sons this past weekend. Both of them are up to their eyeballs with study as they head into the last stretch of their college semester. I always try to send a fresh sprig of rosemary to them for their final exams. “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember” (Hamlet, […]Read more »
Now that this long winter is finally over, I try to check my garden daily to see what herbs are popping up. While I know I won’t see some, like milkweed, goldenrod and St. Johns wort for a little while, early bloomers are popping up. Among them is yarrow, almost as common a “weed” as […]Read more »