Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring---FINALLY

I thought t would never get here.  It has been another gorgeous weekend and I actually got some work done in the garden.  It was SUPPOSED to be mid-50's with thunderstorms today-instead we had mid 70's and sunshine.  I hope the weatherman's forecast for the rest of the week holds out that well.

I used some border bricks to build flower beds for my Arnica.  The little buggers were getting out of control so I have basically caged them.  I didn't realize they had runners like that-it's like mint.  I think I'll be pulling up stry arnica all year.  It may be harder to get under control than comfrey and the mints.  The runners are deeper in the ground than mints so, yes, it's going to be a fight.

I had a pleasant surprise.  My bloodroot is making an appearance for the first time in 2 years.  I think it may actually flower which hasn't happened for several years.

Now I am going to plant some seeds in the little pellet greenhouse thingy I bought yesterday.  Planting some Helichrysum italicum which I will get tons of use out of, some Calendula, Borage and German Chamomile.
All of my plants are coming up fast so I really hope we don't end up a surprise cold snap again!

My poor daugter is sick again and has requested a batch of my home-made herbal cough syrup.  So I have some Elder flowers and berries, licorice root, elecampane root, coltsfoot, marshmallow root and goldenseal on the stove.  As soon as it's reduced I can strain it and add sugar for her.  She loves it.  It tastes better than anything from the store and it makes her get better unlike anything from the store or the doctor.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

1 comment:

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