Violets (Viola spp.)

Violets (Viola spp.) Family: Violaceae Some common names include wild pansy, viola, and heartsease. There are over 600 species of violets throughout the world and many modern cultivars! Parts Used: flowers, leaves Energetics: cooling, moistening Taste: sweet, salty Plant Properties: alterative, demulcent, inflammatory modulator, lymphagogue, mild sedative Plant Uses: congested lymph, food, dry inflamed tissues,…

Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

Ground Ivy, also commonly known as Creeping Charlie, is a fast growing ground cover with ‘hoof’ shaped leaves. Other names it goes by include Gill-over-the-ground, Alehoof, Gill-go-by-the-Hedge, and Run-away-robin. This plant is not related to Ivy but is, instead, to the Mint family. Identifying You’ll find a square stem and opposite growing, kidney-shaped leaves, similar…

Forsythia Twist Bread

Forsythia Flowers It’s mid-April and the Forsythia is blooming here in New Hampshire. These cheery, yellow flowers are one of the first plants to add a pop of color to the landscape. Forsythia bushes are deciduous shrubs that can grow 3-9 feet in height and, rarely, up to 20 feet. Their drooping branches grow yellow…

Hairy Bittercress

Hairy Bittercress, Cardamine hirsuta, is one of the smaller wild mustards in the Brassicaceae family.  Oddly enough, this plant is less hairy and bitter and more non-hairy and spicy! The hairs are very fine and without close inspection, you’ll miss them all together.  Identifying  Hairy Bittercress This plant consists of compound leaves with tiny leaflets…

Garden Lawn

Garden Lawn by Lois & Jay What got you started? Jay and I decided to start converting our yard into different gardens, because grass was annoying to maintain. Sure, it looks nice but we soon realized after buying our house, that we were not suited for that kind of maintenance. We care less about how…

Livin’ Lawn

Livin’ Lawn This summer I’ve chatted more about lawns than I ever thought I would. It may have something to do with being a homeowner or maybe being in my thirties or maybe because I think my lawn is pretty cool, who knows? To give you a little recap here is a post taken from…

Nasturtium Pesto

Okay so most people are familiar with pesto – the unique combination of basil, Parmesan cheese, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, and some salt. Oddly enough I’ve never made pesto with basil! (I have nothing against basil, in fact I find it quite medicinal and delicious). However, when you discover that a variety of leafy…