I spent a few hours in my garden this weekend. It felt utterly exhausting and also so very divine. I had tons of Canada Thistle and Wild Lettuce out there. I haven't found a use for Canada Thistle beyond pleasing the Faeries. I decided to pull as much of it out as I could and replace it with some artichokes. I love artichokes and I'm hoping they will, too. Just in case they don't, I spent some extra time with my Nettle patch, pruning away some of the neighboring plants just enough to give them a touch more sunshine.
I kept a patch of the Wild Lettuce on the side yard. It's beautiful there. I've used Wild Lettuce as a tea from the dried herb, but have never yet made a tincture of it. I plan to do that sometime soon. And, I plan to keep on growing it in the side yard so long as it'll grow there. I pulled all I could from the rest of the garden, though.
On Saturday, I had the opportunity to stop by Heather Nic an Fhleisdeir's garden (check out her site at http://www.celticherbs.com
) to pick up a few plants...and a lot of plant wisdom. It was really wonderful to see the hedgerow I helped her create last September looking so fully and lush. She had an excess of Yarrow, Feverfew, Vervain, Lemon Balm, and Borage plants to share as well as some Mullein, Red Clover, and Fox Glove seeds. I got the plants into the ground that night and by the next day they were already beginning to settle in. I haven't put the seeds down yet, but that's on my agenda for this week. I plan to pick up some Wormwood and maybe a few more seeds this week, too. If I'm lucky, I'll run across someone with some Comfrey to share...although there is that one plant in the front yard that looks like it could be Comfrey, maybe. Yep, identifying that plant is on my list as is trimming the Sagemint plants and maybe moving one of them so that my rosemary can get a bit more sun.
Whew, it's going to be a busy week!