Herb Robert, Henbane, Jacobs Ladder

One of the goals of 2011 was to establish a large medicinal garden. The huge area was tilled. The baby plants were seeded and nurtured on special warm growing mats. They were re-potted into larger pots. They were carted inside and outside and inside again. And we waited. And waited. The long rainy and cold spring seemed endless and the medicinal garden filled with weeds. And then corn (more on that later). And then squash and potatoes and then a few more spaces were carved out for parsley. But many of the baby medicinals didn’t make it into the garden. Blame it on the weather and way too many other things that had to be done too. The good news is that a few did get planted including Jacobs Ladder. Henbane didn’t and I’m rather glad about that. Herb Robert is beautiful and almost made it. Maybe we’ll try that again.

But the really good news is that since the corn got planted in that garden, which was for the most part  fenced in, and it thrived where it could be safe from critters.


2011 in Review

2011 closed in as unusual a fashion as it began. Mother Nature was at her most unpredictable all year. Blame on whatever you want, she was, and perhaps still is, pissed. Or, at best, she is just amusing herself by being capricious. I’m writing this on a bright sun-filled day during which I lounged on the front porch reading a novel. It is January and I wore only a light jacket.

I left you (assuming there is a reader or two still out there) in the heat of last summer so now it’s time to do a bit of catch-up. It is quite warm for this time of year. Ye, there is often a most-welcomed January thaw around early winter, but this year we have little but a few days to thaw out from! Dandelions were showing off their golden tresses in the driveway just a few weeks ago and we have had very little snow to speak of so far.

So … in the next few posts, some highlights from the year and then onto “now” again.