Echoes of the Garden

Folklore And Myth

The Processing of Magic

The tale most associated with our Noble interest is the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tale The Six Swans. I’ve read versions where the plant needed to break the spell is stinging nettle and I’ve heard it referred to as starwort. Starwort… Continue Reading…

A Place in the World

A Comfort For The Trip

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted to make myself a garment of plant fiber that I grew, processed, spun, and wove myself. Comes from reading fairy-tales from a young age, I guess. Which is why it’s always… Continue Reading…

The Leech's Knowing

A History Of Healthy

The stinging nettle has walked through history hand in hand with the human race. Traces of this herb have been found in the earliest of human habitation sites. It has been recognized as a potent medicine for much of that… Continue Reading…

Culinary

Spring Greens

Our Noble Interest of this week has been in the cook’s pot far longer than the cook has been in the kitchen.This recipe is one of the earliest recipes humankind was using. I’ve copied this recipe directly to here only… Continue Reading…

In the Garden

Stinging Nettle (Urtica Dioica)

Stinging nettle is a hardy perennial native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa and western North America.It spreads by both seed and rhizomes, which means it’s fairly invasive given the opportunity. It prefers moist rich soil in partial shade, but if… Continue Reading…

Noble Interest

Urtica dioica

This herb is one I’m very familiar with.I’ve used it in a personal tea blend since I was a teenager.I’m just crazy enough that I actually went and did an afternoon’s work putting in a garden for someone else in… Continue Reading…

Wes Hu Thal

Wes thu Hal!

Welcome! I hope you enjoyed reading last week’s posts as much as I enjoyed writing them.In spite of the unusually warm weather at the moment, I’m all too aware that while the season moves from late winter to early spring… Continue Reading…

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About Me

About Me

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 caching habits have switched to saving more useful plants, some things don’t change. I still …
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