Hello! I know it’s been quite a while since I posted here. A big thing happened in my life- a little boy. As much as I was enjoying writing the blog, my son captured all of my heart and all of my time. Now that he’s hit toddler age, I can get back to the other love of my life- the garden and the good things that come out of it.

Our Noble Interest this week is from a family surrounded by controversy and confusion. “Broom” is the common name. There is Common broom, French Broom, and Scotch Broom. There is Spanish Broom, Dyer’s Broom and Sweet Broom. The plant I had in mind is Planta Genista, the badge of theContinue Reading

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. More about this topic: Without the Broom, You’ve Got the Furze … Genista inContinue Reading

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 bloomingContinue Reading

One of the things that kept coming up during my research this week was the (apparently) erroneous belief that everyone in the Middle Ages drank beer and never touched water as the water supply was contaminated. It made me start thinking about the demand for water in Medieval days. HowContinue Reading

It doesn’t matter whether it’s medieval society or modern, is there anything that symbolizes “social” more than beer? People have been brewing beer since 7000 BCE in the East and 3500 BCE in the West. Hops have been being added to beer since at least the 9th century. The practiceContinue Reading

For a plant that’s been around for a long time, there are remarkably few older references to it. I have searched all of my usual herbals and haven’t found mention of this herb under any name for it that I am familiar with in many of them. As with yesterday’sContinue Reading

There are a fair number of uses for our Noble Interest in the kitchen. I must state that I have spent the better part of a day trying to find older recipes (medieval and before) and have been utterly unable to do so. I am quite certain that it’s becauseContinue Reading