Spotted Touch Me Nots or Jewelweed (Impatiens Capensis) is a native wildflower. They grow here along the roadsides and along the edge of our woods. Their flowers can be a wonderful orange as pictured above or yellow. The touch me not part of them is their seed pod. It bursts open in your hand and scatters the seeds. They feel alive and it's quite fun!
A poultice made from Jewelweed is said to help with poison ivy although I haven't tried it as I am not affected by poison ivy for some reason.
Just a little sample of my small harvest.
The cukes are a creamy white and called white wonder. They are an Heirloom from 1893.
Yellow pear tomatoes are mild and fun to grow.
Finally blue and golden sweet snow peas.
I love Columbines They self seed and are easy to grow. They come in all colors and a bonus is bees and humming birds love them.
Above are just a few from my garden. They look fake or fabric but they are real.
Also known as Jesters Hat, Lions Herb, and Granny Bonnet.
They are poisonous.
According to folklore they are used to encourage Courage. They are used in love spells.
Iris Goddess of Rainbows and a messenger to the Gods. This lovely flower comes in many colorful versions. But who really knew that some come with a beautiful darkside! Below are just a few types that are must haves for any Haunted Garden!
This lovely beauty is called Draculas Kiss.
This one is called Witches Wand.
This variety is Pagan Dance.
This one is perfectly named Hello Darkness.
Lastly Witches Sabbath! So why not add a little mystery to your Haunted Garden and add these dark beauties. I know I'll be looking to add these to my garden!
Hyacinth( Hyacinthus Orientalis) is a lovely and beautifully fragrant bell shaped Spring flower(bulb).
It comes in many colors but I found some with a mysterious dark side!
This beauty is called Dark Dimension.
This variety is called Midnight Mystic.
The tale of Hyacinth is tragic. He was killed accidentally by Apollo in a sporting competition.
This lovely Spring flower came into being through blood and death. Where Hyacinth's blood was spilled this flower was born.
The meaning of the purple and dark colored flowers is sorrow and forgiveness.
I don't have these dark beauties in my garden yet but I do have many white ones whose fragrance is intoxicating!
Sweet Woodruff or Galium Odoratum is a lovely little Springtime ground cover herb. It's tiny ghost white flowers smell like vanilla. Mine blooms in May here. And according to folklore heals, protects and helps you prosper.
On May first it is traditional in many Countries to drink May Wine to welcome Spring and the return to gardening and warmer weather. May Wine has been traditionally made with white wine infused with sweet woodruff and strawberries. Above is one I found by Galena Wine Cellars.
I also found this one with a lovely label! Brotherhood makes this one. So why not join in the fun put up a Maypole, have a bonfire and drink some May Wine. Oh and don't forget to grow some sweet woodruff!
Spring has sprung and I think it's time to dust off the old Haunted Garden!
Windflowers or Anemones are blooming all over my yard this Spring.
According to Myth Adonis turns into this flower after his body is torn apart by a wild boar. This story is found in Ovid's "Venus and Adonis" by Shakespeare.
I don't mind having these types of body parts in my Haunted Garden! Too bad for Adonis though!
Happy Spring and Gardening!
Our beautiful Header is courtesy of The Frog Queen.Special thanks to Marci Brandt for the photo .
When Seeds Are Planted
Intriguing things begin to grow!
On January 6, 2010, Jeanne, over at The Candy Corn Chronicles, began a two day series on the state of our plant and seed industry, and how much peril heirloom and native plant seeds are in of becoming extinct.
Over the next few days, Chris, aka, The Frog Queen, over at Frog On The Pumpkin, Becca of Magikal Seasons fame, and myself shared some of our thoughts and ideas about our gardens and our dreams.
Finding that while we are diverse not only in our climates, and our personal favorites in styles of gardening, we all agree in promoting a healthy green planet.
Taking it a step further, blending in our combined love of all things magickal and spooky into a group blog format, wasn't a stretch at all!
So here we are. Presenting a diverse assortment of botanical topics for your reading pleasure. We hope that you will join in with your comments and questions, sharing new ideas and rediscovering old ones.
Becca, Chris, Jeanne, Sherry & Suzie
"It is good to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought."
It is not the intent of this blog, or its contents to promote any herbal medical preparation or application, but merely to outline any potential medicinal properties of certain herbs, when discussing the plant as a whole.
We are not qualified medical personnel, nor certified herbalists and therefore it is strongly recommended that no one use any herbal treatments without seeking professional advice beforehand.