Lily of the Valley

COMMON NAME:  lily of the valley GENUS:  Convallaria SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: C. mabalis fortunei 'Giant Bells'-up to fifteen large bells; grows 8 to 10 inches tall; suitable for forcing; will bloom approximately three weeks after being planted. FAMILY:  Liliaceae BLOOMS:  spring TYPE:  perennial DESCRIPTION:  Flower stalks are arching and hold ten to fifteen fragrant, white, bell-shaped … Continue reading Lily of the Valley

Vinca

COMMON NAME:  vinca GENUS:  Vinca SPECIES:  V. major, V. minor; both perennial FAMILY:  Apocynaceae BLOOMS:  spring TYPE:  perennial DESCRIPTION:  Perennial vinca is a fast-spreading vine with blue flowers. V. major is a more vigorous grower and has larger leaves and flowers. The annual bedding plant vinca {actually Catharanthus roseus} has attractive five-petaled white and pink-to-red flowers … Continue reading Vinca

Gentle Detox Herbal Tea

As our bodies experience the transition from winter to spring — and the promise of rejuvenation and new life comes forth — ease the seasonal shift with this Floral Spring Cleansing Tonic. Gently Detox. Shed the woes of winter. Awaken to the joys of Spring. A Floral Spring Cleansing Herbal Tea Ingredients *Use organically-grown and/or … Continue reading Gentle Detox Herbal Tea

Self-Heal, Heal All {Spring Herb}

You'd think a plant with a name as auspicious as this one would be dramatic and imposing. Instead, it camouflages itself in your lawn. But it has been used internally and externally since at least the 2nd century in both China and Europe. Its botanical name, Prunella, derives from the German word brunella, which comes … Continue reading Self-Heal, Heal All {Spring Herb}

The Sabbat of Ostara

The Sabbat of Ostara is upon us. March 20th marks the Spring Equinox and with it, the awakening of the Earth. There are many ways to take part in this special day. You can cleanse your home to make way for new beginnings, you can decorate your home in the colors of the season, naturally, … Continue reading The Sabbat of Ostara

The Great Bear Constellation Ursa Major

In Latin, Ursa Major means “greater she-bear.” In Greek Arktos is the word for bear, hence the name Arctic, which means bearish and describes the far northern parts of the earth where the Great Bear constellation dominates the heavens even more than in the northern hemisphere. A very large constellation, Ursa Major is best known … Continue reading The Great Bear Constellation Ursa Major

Spring Brings Hummingbirds

The world's smallest bird can take up a big chunk of a person's spring to-do list: Trim the trees, weed the garden, make nectar and hang the feeders. With the beginning of spring, hummingbirds are making their way north after migrations that took many of them more than 500 miles across the Gulf of Mexico. … Continue reading Spring Brings Hummingbirds

Narcissus

COMMON NAME:  narcissus GENUS:  Narcissus SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: daffodils-'King Alfred,' all yellow; 'Mount Hood,' white; 'Pink Glory,' white and pink. Jonquils-'Treuithian,' pale yellow; 'Suzy,' yellow and orange-red. Other narcissi-'Duke of Windsor,' white petals and orange apricot cup; 'Ice Follies,' heavy bloomer that is white with a lemon yellow cup. FAMILY:  Amaryllidaceae TYPE:  perennial BLOOMS:  spring … Continue reading Narcissus

A Floral Spring Cleansing Herbal Tea

As our bodies experience the transition from winter to spring — and the promise of rejuvenation and new life comes forth — ease the seasonal shift with this Floral Spring Cleansing Tonic. Gently Detox. Shed the woes of winter. Awaken to the joys of Spring. A Floral Spring Cleansing Herbal Tea Ingredients *Use organically-grown and/or … Continue reading A Floral Spring Cleansing Herbal Tea

Getting Ready For Spring

Transitioning from winter to spring means stepping from the darkness into the light. While our bodies to continue to crave heavy foods, our spirits are longing to break free from cabin fever and seasonal stress. This month, we’re featuring herbs to help you make that change, while lightening your load, both physically and emotionally. Perhaps … Continue reading Getting Ready For Spring