As you know, I'm fascinated with growing less common AND useful plants.
This is one of the 70-something herbs I've got going on in my little kitchen garden here in the high country of Prescott, Arizona.
And, while you might not know this plant by name, I bet you are still familiar with it.
🍄I lived much of my youth in Sweden with a large family (Swedish is my first language) and while the winters are long, and dark, the summers are oh so glorious.
I talk a lot about what I grow in my garden and in client's landscapes, but one of my most wonderful memories are the treasures that we foraged for in the wild, open woods of Sweden. Most of that abundance came in July and August.
🌲So I just thought it would be pretty cool to share a few fun and inspiring posts about some of those hunting expeditions.
And I thought I'd start with the wild chanterelle mushroom.
I have a kitchen garden that is pretty small but very well designed with 6 large raised beds and a rock garden along a fence - all of which allows me to grow 70-something different types of herbs (along with a couple of tomatoes, and fava beans).
I keep thinking I need to put a post together with the whole list of what's growing in my tiny kitchen garden...
Today I wanted to do a quick spotlight on Feverfew.
I grow many different plants in my small downtown garden here in Prescott. And because of our high desert climate it can be interesting to learn what works, how to help each plant be at it's spectacular best, and at the same time make it a fun and manageable landscape.
Most of what I grow here would easily be characterized as water-wise, possibly native, cottage garden plants, and the vast majority as herbs. Some are all four, but not always.
They always say: know your climate (or your zone) when planning a garden. In other words, pick plants that will have a high chance for success in your particular corner of the world. I promise this will make it more successful and infinitely more enjoyable.
Those of you who are unable or unwilling to devote a lot of time and energy to your garden will thank me for introducing you to this week’s featured plant. Actually known as an herb that thrives on neglect, clary sage is a showy, fragrant, easy-to-grow favorite with abundant medicinal and herbal properties.
Let's get to it...
National Simplicity Day is today, every year on the 12th of July.
This is sort of a special "holiday" for us here at The Whiskey Porch because it's at the core of what we are all about. After all, our tag line is "cultivating contentment & possibility in a smaller, simpler & more beautiful lifestyle."
And, now more than ever, it just feels like we are all seeking refuge and inspiration to lift our spirits as we recover from this wild insanity of the last few years. So it goes without saying, that finding pleasure and calm in simple ideas is something many of us are striving for now.
The celebration originated in honor of Henry David Thoreau, who lived in Concord, Massachusetts from July 12, 1817 to 1862.
First, who was he, and why does it matter? And then, I've got 5 Great Ways for You to Celebrate Simplicity Day.
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This time of year, when the abundance is fresh, I like to feature a few plants that I grow, and recommend for the Prescott high desert climate.
Most of these would easily be characterized as water-wise, possibly native, cottage garden plants, and the vast majority as herbs. Some are all four, but not always.
Today, I'm featuring a lovely and tough cottage garden plant that is water-wise, and is considered an herb offering various health and well-being benefits: Monarda. And in this case it's Monarda didyma.
Let's get to it...
Summer is in full swing here in the high country of Northern Arizona. And, for me that means that I'm between blooms on my clematis vines.
The varieties that I'm growing put out a huge flush in late spring and since I pruned the vines, they should flower again in late summer or early fall. I'm hopeful, and meanwhile I wanted to share a little bit about this wonderful plant along with images from my spring flush.
Bend low again, night of summer stars.
From Smoke and Steel, by Carl Sandburg, 1920.
However you celebrate, be sure it's outdoors and slow down to really observe and find the beauty all around you. Let me know in the comments below what you think about this sweet poem and what you did to celebrate!
Tomorrow is International Picnic Day, not that we need a special holiday to make a picnic worthy of celebrating.
And since we want to share time with Dad on Sunday, I think we should all spend the day outside with our family and friends enjoying a picnic. There's nothing that sounds bad about that, right? Consider that aside from some well-earned downtime, there are health and general wellness benefits too!!
Keep reading to see my list of local Prescott picnic-worthy spots.
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It was a really neat property - 1.2 acres, full of large oak trees, a large spanish-style home with full access to a 10 acre riparian reserve with a seasonal creek, large cottonwood trees, and lots of wildlife.
Thing is, it was situated on a local neighborhood road that was a main route to the nearby elementary school. And although the property offered so much nature and beauty, it didn't have any privacy at all from the street.
Keep reading to find out about:
- The Ask
- And After
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