Echoes of the Garden

Wes Hu Thal

Wes Thu Hál!

I'm afraid that Spring does seem a bit hesitant to show her face this year. We still have about a foot of snow on the ground and the temperatures are only just starting to rise above freezing. Not to worry! The sun is warm and direct (when we get to see it) and the goldfinches are starting to arrive at the feeder. They're even showing a hint of sunny yellow themselves. It shouldn't be long until the hills are green again and the bulbs pop up in the garden.

When I was young, we used to refer to the late light snows as “onion snows” and said that they were “fertilizer” and good for the garden. All I can say is that for 45” inches of snow this late in the year, I'd better have some truly impressive tomatoes this summer. It is with the spirit of the old-time optimism I was raised with that I chose this week's Noble Interest.

Before I introduce this week's plant, I'd like to point out a slight change in the format of my blog. Being one of those crazy medieval re-enactment types, I've always had a fascination with the things that medieval people did to survive (actually that should go the other way around. I became a crazy re-enactor because of my fascination with the Medieval period). One of the reasons that I set this site up the way I did was because so much of Medieval society was dependent on the plants that grew around them and I thought that I could work how they did it into those five posts somehow. I can't. I need a day to show the processes and tools that aren't plant specific because the two are dependent on each other. It does no good to plant a garden if you have no way to preserve the produce you harvest from it.

So as of this week, the Place in the World and the Tales will be combined into Thursday's post and on Friday, I'll share some of the Tools, Arts, and Sciences that our ancestors used to survive and make their lives more comfortable. It won't necessarily have anything to do with our week's Noble Interest and while it's likely to have something to do with plants, it might not always. As always, your thoughts and suggestions are welcome! Now- please meet our Noble Interest-

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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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