Echoes of the Garden

Noble Interest

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 a garden for someone else in exchange for a start of it for my garden.

It's a favorite in both the kitchen and the cosmetic cabinet.

It is a staple in the leech's bag and the stillroom for very good reason.

And with equal amounts of patience, perseverance, and hard work, you can make a fine cloak out of it.

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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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