herb-babies and magical knives

I’ve been lamenting the stagnant nature of my blog lately, because it’s just *too* easy to whip out a facebook or instagram post with a little story attached to a photo.  Never mind the fact that I haven’t had much time for pleasure writing over the last year due to my full time student status….

death rides a fat dachschund

Sorry this post has nothing interesting to say about herbs, other than the fact that I should probably be taking mimosa elixir by the shot right now. Life events like these might be too personal for some to share in such a public way, but this is just how I’m dealing.  There seems to be…

ghost pipe medicines

(It’s a little late for me to be writing a blog post, but I had two iced coffees with a shot of espresso each earlier at a local cafe, so you can thank my good friend, talented songstress, and favorite barista, Heather, in part for these late night musings….) I’d seen ghost pipes (Monotropa uniflora)…

seeds of great character

Even as I type this, it’s gray and dreary outside, and an icy rain is falling making travel on these back country roads difficult.  I had a massage client scheduled this afternoon, but any way off this hill requires me to go down a steep and winding road, sometimes unpaved and one-lane.  There is one…

a promise made new

Summer solstice is here, the sun’s energy is at its peak, and the herbs are back!  Now that the greenhouse is cleaned out (we had a successful first season selling plants!), I can focus more on what’s growing outside.  It’s finally time to start harvesting things as they come into season, and I can hardly…

a beautiful mess

Spring crossed the threshold today with wind in her untamed hair and mud on her tattered skirt, and I’ve never been so glad to see her.  Like a wayfaring friend who’d been gone too long, I welcomed her in and we seemed to pick up right where we left off last year.  I’d been itching…

enter the mantis

Things seem to happen so quickly in the greenhouse, so I decided a quick update was in order.  This post is kind of a departure for me, as it will be mostly pictures.  (try to contain yourselves.) So aphids.  They mostly seem to like my tropicals- hibiscus, brugmansia, and elders in particular.  They love the…

what greens may come

Well, we made it.  Through squall and storm and biting wind.  Even though the lion of March can still rear its feral head, I always feel a great sigh of relief once February is on the books.  I’ve been feeling the shift underfoot and in the air over the past couple of weeks- the kind…

being a beacon

Since last post, I’d been struggling with getting my loosely floating ideas to gel for a new post.  For a couple of weeks, I was feeling pressured, albeit self-imposed, to crank out a blog entry.  But like jelly jars fresh out of the canning bath, you just have to cover them and leave them set…

moveable feasts

New Year’s at the Hayes house.  It’s a new year and a new moon (a super moon, in fact!), which makes it perfect timing to sow new seeds and set new intentions.  The word “super moon” just means that the moon is new or full at perigee (the point in its orbit that is closest…

what winter brings

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus “Let those December winds bellow and blow, I’m as warm as a July tomato.” -Greg Brown, folk singer, from his song “Canned Goods” Today we welcome winter solstice, and at 12:11pm winter is officially ushered in.  As…

the harrow and the harvest

Over the course of the last six or seven years, I have grown increasingly closer to and more aware of plants.  Plants of all kinds.  Vegetable, herb, annual, perennial, native, invasive, medicinal, poisonous…. if it’s green and it grows, I love it. As I said, I have not always been so enamored of flora as…