Echoes of the Garden

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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:… Continue Reading…

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Humulus lupulus Mention hops and the conversation usually jumps straight to beer with good reason. But there’s so much more to the hop plant than that. It’s a plant that I greatly admire and I’m ready to delve into why.… Continue Reading…

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The Onion

I love onions. The more, the tastier, in my opinion. Cooked pretty much any way imaginable and in sweet jams, as well. I keep threatening to make candied onions. One of these days I will. They’re easy to grow and… Continue Reading…

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The Willow

Salix spp., S. babylonica S. viminalis S. dicolor S.matsudana I have always had willows around me wherever I’ve lived. I played under them as a child and planted them as an adult. I’ve come to love them but even I… Continue Reading…

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Vaccinium spp

Blueberry Vaccinium spp Blueberry (V. corymbosum or V. ashei) Bilberry (V. myrtillus) Wild Blueberry (V. augustifolia) I have never tasted a bilberry, although I have tried its cousin, V. augustifolium or the low bush blueberry a.k.a. the wild blueberry. I… Continue Reading…

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Dianthus Dianthus spp. This plant is one of my personal favorites. The scent of the heirloom varieties is delicious and they are visually pleasing. The family is a large one and includes the familiar carnation. I must confess that the… Continue Reading…

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Lactuca sativa

The Lettuce When my grandfather and I sat down with the seed catalogues in the winter to plan our spring garden we always gave a good look at the lettuce varieties that we wanted to plant. Lettuce is easy to… Continue Reading…

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Tilia spp.

The Linden This tree is something of a holy grail for me. As a nature center educator and a beekeeper, I’ve heard legendary stories about this tree. You can smell it for miles. You can hear it from farther away.… Continue Reading…

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Sambucus spp.

Elderberry I spent summers on my Grandfather’s farm. Little Pipe Creek flowed through the middle of it and when I was ten, the banks of the creek were covered in elderberry bushes. The good lady he had purchased the farm… Continue Reading…

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Urtica dioica

Stinging Nettles 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… Continue Reading…


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