Thursday, August 16, 2012

WOW!  It's August 16th already -- hard to believe that there is so much of the summer behind us already and I am actually being forced to think about the fall.  The Great Barrington Farmers' Market has been such a delight this year ( and I've made a lot of new acquaintances and have a lot of happy new users of my unique "Maiden's Glow Herbal Face Cream" made with non-certified organic herbs that I grow right here on our own little plot of land.  (If you haven't tried my face cream, you can visit my website to check it out).  

This summer's project is to turn what used to be the place where two huge Blue Spruce trees used to grow into a garden for flowering medicinal herbs.  What a project!  I was determined to do it by hand, (since I can certainly use the exercise!), so I went at it with a pick and shovel, putting roots and stones that I dug out into the wheelbarrow and hauling them away.  It was awfully slow going and I just knew that there were a lot of roots yet ahead of me...
Thankfully my dear son-in-law came to my rescue with an excavator and a dump truck and took the digging part of the project off my hands!

Now I must amend the soil and then I can begin to acquire plants.  I plan to include 3 colors of Echinacea, Hyssop, Butterflyweed, Wild Valerian, Marshmallow, 3 colors of Yarrow, Yucca, some scented Geraniums, culinary herbs and some old-fashioned flowers like Holly Hocks.  Can't wait!  Here's the progress...not so much to look at yet:


>>>Just look at the pile of roots that I would have been fighting with a pick and shovel!  And that's not including the huge root-ball that he dug out later on.

The rest of the summer has been so colorful!  Just look at these shots of some of the flowers surrounding me:

Fragrant Yellow Day Lilies
Anise Mint -- It smells divine!
Eupatorium perfoliatum BONESET with Monardia (wild Bee Balm)

More Monardia

Eupatorium purpureum, a cousin of the Boneset herb (above).  It's called Joe Pye Weed (named after a settler who was from Stockbridge, MA) or "Gravel Root"

Cimicifuga racemosa  - Black Cohosh