Category Archives: Herbs

Boneset appreciation

Years ago, I planted some boneset seed in a new herb garden bed.  It sprouted and grew.  Since then, the plant has expanded and grown stronger.  For the past several years I’ve been harvesting the boneset leaves for both a … Continue reading

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Herb sprinkles

I recently watched a video of Rosemary Gladstar as she made some “Antioxidant Herbal Sprinkles.”  When I looked at the ingredient list, I realized all the herbs were growing in my garden.  Hurrah for parsley . . . . . … Continue reading

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A gift of Jerusalem artichokes

It may not look like much at the moment . . . and . . . this is the new Jerusalem artichoke bed.  A friend gifted me with some surplus and, after checking with the Deva of the Garden about … Continue reading

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Beautiful bountiful boneset

Back in April, the boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) patch looked really lush.  Recently, the boneset has been putting up flower heads: Today, after checking in with the deva of the boneset, I began harvesting some of the lower leaves before they … Continue reading

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Wild yam

I’ve been keeping my eye on this wild yam (Dioscorea villosa) since I first spotted it this spring.  The photo (above) shows how well it’s grown as of a couple weeks ago.  Here are more photos of its progress from … Continue reading

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Spotted St. John’s wort

I love Spotted St. John’s wort (Hypericum punctatum).  What excites me the most about it is the fact that it is loaded with hypericin — one of the medicinal components of St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum).  The hypericin accounts for … Continue reading

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Bottling the essence

After months of sitting and brewing on a counter, these tinctures were more than ready to be bottled and used.  Today I gathered, cleaned and sterilized the bottles and droppers.  I decided to start with the valerian roots.  As I … Continue reading

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You’ll Rue the Day . . . a Tale of Two Plants

The following article was contributed by Linda Thoman, Lifetime Georgia Master Gardener and Keep Morgan Beautiful volunteer coordinatoor Rue in history & literature (Chuck Lower, UGA emeritus, leads a Shakespeare Reading Group in Madison, GA called “Shakespeare lives here”) : … Continue reading

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Snowdrop

We have experienced a two day reprieve from winter’s cold weather.  Today I walked up a slope and discovered the snowdrops are blooming.  In fact, some of them have been blooming a while because they had dead blossoms already.  I … Continue reading

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The allure of ginseng

Ever since a friend and I found this ginseng plant growing (and previously flowering) near where she lives, I have been intrigued by ginseng (Panax quinquefolius).  I looked up information about it in identification books, in medicinal herb books and … Continue reading

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