Echoes of the Garden

The Goodly Moot

Wes Thu Hál

Almost all of the snow is melted and it's been warming considerably here. I took a walk today and the first of the coltsfoot is up and I found a couple of garlic mustard plants along the way. My comfrey has sent shoots up, as well. There are crocus blooming in the garden. I don't know why, but the first crocuses are always the yellow ones. It takes a few days for the purple ones to pop up. I'm not complaining, mind you. Merely observing. I'm seeing the tips of daffodils and tulips starting through the soil. I can't wait to hear the peepers. It's time to start my seeds, so I'll be doing that this week. For this week's Noble Interest, I chose a plant that I have no experience with. I thought I'd learn something completely new this week.

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Good Gentles, I present to you -


Genista spp and Cytisus spp.

This is a new plant for me so I'll be learning as I write this week. Please feel free to help me along if you have any experience with this shrub.

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About Aelfrida

My interest in plants started young. While most of my friends were playing with Barbie or dreaming of horses, I was out in the fields of our farm creating imaginary villages and caching collected seeds, roots and herbs against winter need. When I discovered the library and field guides, I realized that I had found my passion- the interaction between plants and people. While my […]

What is a Leech, anyway?

A leech is a person skilled in the art of leechcraft or, as it’s known today, healing. It comes from the Old English “læce”. In its original cultural context, a leech was a person who knew all of the healing plants and magics. That’s the simple answer. For the purposes of this blog, it’s a bit more complicated. I am a member of The Society […]

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