Friends, Community & Musings

  • Unexpected Herbal Teas from in and around the Garden

    One of the great joys of gardening is herbs.  They are easy to grow and if you read my earlier post, drying them for use in cooking or teas is uncomplicated.  I like to dry enough herbs to have a supply on hand to sustain our household through the long Wisconsin winter.  One of the best uses of the herbs is tea.  There is nothing like a hot cup of tea from your own dried herbs on a cold winter night.  And if you study the medicinal qualities of various herbs, you can use them to relieve ailments and symptoms.  For me, herbs can also include plants that some consider weeds. 
  • The Visitor

    She had her nest
    In the climbing rose out front
    She carefully guarded her roost
    Morning and day
  • Stonecrop AKA Sedum

    Sedum comes in a wide variety of choices. Most commonly we see the upright variety which forms in tall clumps and blooms in the fall in pink tones. You will also find low-growing, spreading varieties in the rock garden.  It’s perfect to plant in hard to grow spaces; even in poor quality soil where sedum is most at home. Too rich of soil and sedum can become gangly.
  • Winter Herbs

    Winter is the time we reminisce about the garden, especially in January. It’s this time of year, I am glad for my stash of dried herbs. Herbs that I’ve managed to quickly and easily store for cooking and herbal teas. The benefits are myriad, and the time spent collecting is easy.