MAKE: Thirst Quenching Drinking Vinegar - Cherry Balsamic Shrub

It's cherry season - what a great excuse to avoid housework and garden chores.  If you are looking for a new kind of summer drink, then shrubs are it.  Learn about shrubs and try the Cherry Balsamic Shrub from one of my favorite books, Wild Drinks and Cocktails by Emily Han.

MAKE: Thirst Quenching Drinking Vinegar -  Cherry Balsamic Shrub

Plant Profile: For the Love Of Mother Elder (Sambucus spp.)

An overview of the many ways Elder, humans and wildlife co-exist. Elder offers food, plant medicine, fiber dye and a rich folkloric history of superstition and storytelling. Recipes for easy-to-make winter medicine are included.

Plant Profile: For the Love Of Mother Elder (Sambucus spp.)

HEAL: Medicinal Herb Honey

The easiest remedy to make will likely be the most appreciated when you wake one morning with a sore, scratchy throat, a typical symptom of an infection.  Herb-infused honeys can also be used in the kitchen and to soothe and heal burns and wounds.

HEAL: Medicinal Herb Honey

GROW: Wolf Flower Disguised as Lady Lupine

Probably the most colorful genera of the pea family in the Pacific Northwest, lupines serve multiple ecological functions: they offer protein-rich food for a variety of animals and as a legume, lupines are nitrogen fixers, improving the health of the soil. Called Wolf Flower for several confusing and differing reasons, the lupine is a lovely plant that blooms in the spring and summer.

GROW: Wolf Flower Disguised as Lady Lupine

GROW: Garden Report 6/10/17

My way of record keeping and sharing with you!  What happens to old seeds, dealing with Mother Nature, catching up on garden chores and mostly just patting myself (and my worker bee interns) on the back.

GROW: Garden Report 6/10/17

TREK: Madagascar - Farmers & Tropical Herbs

A guest post from my friend, Emily Peterson, who had the opportunity to travel to Madagascar to learn and work with the farmers who grow vanilla, cacao, vetiver and ylang ylang.  Emily's wonderful post and photos offers a glimpse into the farmers' lives, their communities and their crops.

TREK: Madagascar - Farmers & Tropical Herbs

GROW: 3 Ways to Support Pollinators

A wonderful post from a guest contributor:  One of the many hats that Dan Richardson wears is VP of Suksdorfia Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society. I serve as the newsletter editor for our local chapter and Dan recently submitted this lovely article for a recent edition. I was thrilled when he agreed to let me post it here.  Lots of good information including 3 simple steps for gardeners and homeowners to do.  He also included a list of resources.  Enjoy!

GROW: 3 Ways to Support Pollinators

HEAL: Alchemy of Herbs - Book Review & Recipe for the Best Damn Carrot Cake

This is the best introductory book on herbal medicine that I have read in my three decades of study. Easy to read, based on the latest research, incredible photography and most importantly, It offers delicious ways to incorporate healing herbs into your daily life.  Check out my review and a recipe for Spiced Carrot Cake.

HEAL: Alchemy of Herbs - Book Review & Recipe for the Best Damn Carrot Cake

GROW: Saying Goodbye to Friends, Leaving Gardens Behind

This is a guest post from my friend and fellow gardener and herbalist, Victoria Polmatier. She eloquently expresses the emotions we go through when we say goodbye to friends. For gardeners and herbalists, our family of friends includes the plants we lovingly tend to in our gardens. In this heartfelt essay, Victoria describes perfectly the soulful workings of a gardener.

GROW: Saying Goodbye to Friends, Leaving Gardens Behind