As we settle into the new year, it may seem that there is nothing left to forage out in our bleak, brown, wintery landscapes. But there is a wonderful little plant out there who will remain vigilant to see you through the cold months. You may need to peek under fallen leaves or even push back… Continue reading Forage Friday: Chickweed
Nature inspires me. All of it. There are so many things to observe, to take in, to learn. One could spend multiple lifetimes just watching and still not get it all. As a child, I always liked animals, but mostly in a normal, "they're so cute and cuddly" sort of way. I learned tid-bits here… Continue reading Houseplant or oak tree: How deep are your roots?
One of the wonderful things about the cooler weather of fall is that it brings back all the lovely spring "weeds" to the garden. That first green that comes in early spring is full of nutrients and minerals, and in olden times was valued as a "spring tonic" to clear out all that heavy food… Continue reading Foraging Friday: Lamb’s quarters
My mom is a retired registered nurse (RN). She has always (even before becoming an RN) worked in the psych wards, and although she's Asian by birth and culture, all her training and experience has been in the Western medicine traditions. Growing up, we took OTC pills. We went to the doctor. We got prescriptions.… Continue reading Sometimes you can teach your parents something new
According to the Gregorian calendar, the first day of Fall was September 1st. September 22nd was the Autumnal Equinox. I was sweating in summer clothes on both those days, craving a/c. But now, Fall is finally showing its fringes in my neck of the woods. And I love it! Fall has always been my favorite season. Cool enough to sleep… Continue reading Spring’s best laid plans…sometimes Fall flat
Around our house, we have nicknamed comfrey, specifically the Symphytum x uplandicum Bocking 14, that grows prominently in my flower bed "The Magic Plant." I have 6 plants which I purchased as root crowns online from Strictly Medicinal Seeds which are wonderfully full and healthy and provide so very much. The Bocking 14 strand of symphytum… Continue reading Comfrey, our magic plant
Today, I have to mow the lawn. I don't remember ever being a huge fan of lawns. Even as a child, I much preferred walking in the woods among the trees in dappled sun that couldn't sustain an even layer of grass, but was enough for a huge variety of other, more interesting plants. Or… Continue reading Today, I have to mow the lawn