LADY’S MANTEL AND A SHOWER OF RAIN ~ CREATING MAGIC

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I love my Lady’s Mantel plant in the garden, it’s several years old.  This past summer was the first time it bloomed and I was delighted as the flowers are both interesting and lovely.  But the plant has been badly eaten during it’s last growing period, I hope that now it can revive a bit as I will be cutting down some of the damaged leaves.  Meanwhile though, it’s lovely to see the magic that the rain drops create on these leaves, and with the sun shining there are sparkles all around.

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“BEAUTY SURROUNDS US” RUMI

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“A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” John Keats

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“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.” 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”  Osho

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SOME LEFT OVERS FROM THE SUMMER

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This is the humble wild garlic, a most beautiful plant.

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Bought this plant when a seedling as part of salad leaves tray, I planted it out and have enjoyed it all summer, I did not eat it as it has got such beautiful colours, it’s still going strong.

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Cucumbers growing still.  

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      And my Lemon Balm plant – love the tea!

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Experimenting with Dandelion leaves and roots, I roosted the roots and it went wrong, I burnt them 😦 but the leave dried out well.  Great to use in soups and for tea too.

HERBS AND WILD PLANTS – A HUNT FOR SEEDS

What a beautiful day it was, pleasantly warm and sunshine, no wind, just perfect to be outside!
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Today I visited the library and on my way home I decided that I would pick some seeds of the Nettles I came across.  I need more Nettles in the garden, first of all to use in the compost, but also to add to soup as it is a very nutritious plant.  So the idea is to grow more Nettles from the seeds collected.  So it is an experiment.

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Tender young leafs of the Nettle, even at this time of the year.

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These are leaves of the Yarrow plant, I saw some growing along the road side today, but I obviously did not want to pick those for medicinal use.  The Yarrow plant can be helpful with winter colds and hence I usually have some dried leaves in the house.  Next spring I will try and grow these myself as they are also beautiful flowers.  I also collected some seeds of this plant today, another experiment.

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The flowers of the Yarrow plant, flowering still around here.

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And the seed heads, still a way to go before they become dry.

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Fenugreek is a herb that I use a lot, and this year I decided to grow it myself.  It worked out all right but I think that I sowed it rather too late in the spring time, so this is how the plant is now.

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Finally today, I picked some Chickpea leaves, they are supposed to be edible too, though I have not tried them yet.  Something new for the menu perhaps.  Today I used all sorts of greens growing in the garden to cook up a nice soup, it is so satisfying to grow stuff and then cook it for the family.  I even added Dandelion leaves and last years Parsley (out of the deepfreeze).  Also finished reading my compost book this morning and learnt such a lot, it’s all about understanding what goes on in the composting bin, while we are sleeping 🙂