Category Archives: Green Relatives

Spring Rites

It doesn’t look like much at all, really. Just a big jumble of bright green, floating like a platter on my bucket pond. But it is precious to me, the very heart of one of my first annual rites of … Continue reading

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WINTER’S COVENANT, SPRING’S PROMISE

Yesterday, when I pulled aside the yellow straw that served as their winter blanket, I really didn’t expect to see their small heads nestled against the black soil. It is early yet—still February, just barely—but there they were. My breath … Continue reading

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Cranesbill—Balancing Medicine

This week, I searched online to find the identity of a plant that grows everywhere in my yard. I’ve been told by three gardeners that this is a weed, but no one could tell me what it was. I finally … Continue reading

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NETTLES: THE ENERGIZER BUNNY OF THE PLANT WORLD

I have a close and enduring relationship with Stinging Nettle, and I’ll tell you why: This plant is a healing wonder. At least, she has been so for me and I suspect that if you were to make her acquaintance, … Continue reading

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WEED WONDER

The chilling cold seems to have left my small corner of the Northwest for now. I can’t say that it won’t return before winter has its last hurrah, but we are back to our typically cloudy, mostly-wet days. There are … Continue reading

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