Lavender Wands

As the summer progresses, herbs ripen, flowers bloom and the question becomes what do I do with it all? For the most part,  I would say enjoy what Gaia offers; walk the earth, appreciate the colours, breath in the aromas and enjoy the season in gratitude. A portion of the bounty can however be collected […]

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Herbed Salts

As the wheel turns towards Lammas, the Earth comes into Her fullness and harvesting becomes the next natural step. How to hold the fresh tasty flavours of the garden for those times when the days are not so long and warm? There are a variety of ways to preserve herbs. They can be dried, crumbled […]

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Purslane

One of the realities of gardening while cohabiting with the local fauna is that things do not always go as planned. Jean had a freshly sprouted planter full of basil on the back porch about two inches high. Earlier this week I received an email saying that every last plant had been eaten overnight. The […]

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Bath Bombs

As the days begin to grow slowly shorter, harvesting picks up and all the good things that have been growing in the garden can be collected, combined and used in the creation of balms, ointments, jams, vinegars and all sorts of other good things. This afternoon a little fun was had on the back patio […]

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You don’t need the five acres of Jean’s Garden

This post is by way of encouragement for those of you that have been reading and wondering what might be possible on a smaller scale than the almost five acres of Jean’s Garden. If home for you is a condominium or apartment, do not loose heart. There is always the option of container gardening. Jean […]

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Mint

Three days to summer solstice and then slowly, or not, the wheel will turn towards harvest time and winter again. For now though we can enjoy the summer beauty and enticing scents of all the flora working hard to outshine the competition and attract the local pollinaters. Jean’s garden is full of all kinds of […]

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Summer Solstice Fruit Pizza

Having something that young people will enjoy making to offer at celebrations is usually a good thing and I try to post at least one option at these times. That is not to say that someone under the age of majority has to be around to make these tasty treats. You can take this idea […]

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Fresh Fruit Salad Shooters

A quick and simple side for Summer Solstice Brunch. The Salmon Florentine Benedicts are filling so something light such as these shooters can be a good balance if hashbrowns are feeling like too much. Strawberries are local here right now and raspberries arrived the day after I took these pictures. Apricots are from the Okanagan […]

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Salmon Florentine Benedict

Round shapes, warm colours and spicy flavours are all aspects to consider incorporating in your celebration of solstice. This brunch favourite checks all the boxes and with the solstice falling on a Sunday this year, you can organize ahead of time and poach the eggs when everyone is back from greeting the morning sun. Enough […]

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Wormwood

Each visit to Jean’s garden brings fresh delights, a new plant bursting forth in full colour to feed the hummingbirds and bees. The lovage is the light green in the centre of the picture, behind the delphiniums, now taller than I am and the mint filled pots are ready for a project of some kind. […]

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