Posts Tagged "Nature"

Calendula

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Calendula

Calendula is reminiscent of the sun with deep golden-yellow or orange petals radiating out from a central yellow core. The flowers actually open and close with the sun. Each petal is slightly serrated, giving the blossom a feeling of delicacy. During the summer I could not find a source for dried calendula, as my trusty resource, Gathering Thyme,in San Anselmo, could not get a supply at that time.  I had previously noticed some lovely, lush, green sprouts appearing in an unplanted section of my garden, and sure enough, just when we were in need for the children, the plants started blooming...

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Plantain

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Plantain

The next plant that was brought in for the children was plantain, a plant I recently recognized as one with medicinal qualities-I say-recently recognized because it is everywhere and generally designated as a pesky “weed” (not unlike dandelion-but that’s another story).  It can be identified by slender flower stalks with a column of nearly indistinguishable flowers, almost more prominent than the leaves-unless you know what to look for. The Kids Herb Book shows the broad leaf variety but in my experience the narrow leaf is more common-at least where I live, and not quite as...

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Celebrating Flowers in June

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Celebrating Flowers in June

Children naturally want to pick flowers.  I often wonder where this tendency came from- the picking, tossing aside or stuffed into a pocket.  I felt strongly that if children knew the function of the flower they might be more concerned about letting the flower live its natural life and fulfill its natural function.  This is how the following piece came into being:     Flowers Want to Make Seeds Did you know that every single flower has but one job  to do in its life and that is to make a seed? Brilliantly arrayed in fields of sun  in early Spring or growing in a pot, they...

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Give thanks to the bees

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Give thanks to the bees

Did you know: Bees and flowers appeared at about the same time: 146 to 74 million years ago. Bee food is pollen and nectar from flowers. Flowering plants that provide fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables depend upon bees and cannot grow without them. “bees and their place in our world is vitally important- beyond our understanding”  from a source entitled CC Pollen. This spring when the flowers started blooming everywhere I noticed the absence of bees. Their appearance with the flowers every year was a welcome sight and sound-their busy buzzing filling the air alongside the fragrance and...

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Six Photos that will take your breath away – Guaranteed

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Six Photos that will take your breath away – Guaranteed

A friend of mine recently picked up an issue of Common Ground, The Food Issue- I might add: luckily.  I try to adhere to the notion that trees are better growing in forests than piling up in my recycle bin but in this case there appeared something very special: an article entitled: “The Sanctity of Seeds”.  Very few words, mainly photographs and for good reason- words are inadequate to describe the absolute perfection and beauty of something as seemingly ordinary as a seed.  Did you know (as stated in the article by Rob Kesseler and Wolfgang Stuppy) *  “Seeds are the most...

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