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May 8, 2013

Tidbits of Information


  • Woolly Thyme

    Evergreen. Fragrant. Deer-resistant. And, you can eat it.
    This is a do-it-all groundcover. Plant it between stones on a foot path; if you wander off the steps now and then, it won't mind.

    Pinch off some leaves to toss in your soup - it smells delicious and tastes the same. It even has a history of medicinal use.

    Full sun, part shade, zones 2 - 9. Thymus pseudolanuginosus. Grows four to 16 inches tall, one to two feet wide.
  • Lamium (Orchid Frost)

    Lamium somehow ties the look of frosty, wintry weather to the warmth and color of spring. It's a delicious visual contradiction, very pleasing to the eye.

    The leaves are faintly silvered with dark green edges; the blossoms are delicately shaped, but deeply lavender.

    Fill your containers with it. Or let it claim the borders of your shade garden. Orchid Frost is understated, and will thrive around the edges, but the moment you notice it, you just feel like you've found a hidden treasure.

    Full shade, zones 4a - 10b. Lamium maculatum. Grows four to 16 inches tall, one to two feet wide.
  • "When the heart is right, for and against is forgotten."
    -- On Mint, Lao Tzu


    Mint is named after Menthe, the Greek nymph who was crushed by Pluto's jealous wife. Plato transformed Menthe into this lively herb. Mint played a role in the folklore and religious practices of many cultures.
    • The Hebrews strewed mint on the temple floors to add
      a clean, refreshing scent to their worship service.
    • In Japan, mint sachets were hung from the sashes of
      silk kimonos to help stimulate mental alertness.
    • In Athens, athletes rubbed mint oil on their arms for

    There are over 500 varieties in exsistence, so experiment! Find fragrances that please you, and use them often.

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  • "Indeed, sir, she was the sweet Marjoram of the Salad, or rather The Herb-of-grace." All's Well that Ends Well by Shakespeare


    Oregano's aroma could be described as spicy, deep warm, and complex. Many could hardly imagine a pizza or spaghetti without it. It was once used primarily for medicinal rather than culinary reasons. The Greeks used it to stop convulsions and counteract poisonings from opium, black poppy and hemlock. Oregano is also known as "wild marjoram" and grows abundantly in Britain, Italy, Mexico and parts of South America.

    If you've confused marjoram with oregano, you're not alone. Linnaeous, the famous botanical naming guru, practically started the whole confusing mess when he classified them in the same genus of plants.
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  • Our Events area is filling up again!

    Visit  to see what’s happening in your area and if you know of something that is not listed, please list it so others can see it. It’s great free advertising!
  • Under the Horticultural Therapy section of the site, you will find all sorts of wonderful articles to help you grow:

    Gardening for the Soul

    Memory Gardens Soothe the Soul

    Plant a Healing Garden

    Fear of Failure

    Relieve Stress with Flowers

    Always Keep Your Back Straight….are just some of the many articles to help you along..

    -What We Grow to Eat is an equally important area right now….

    -AND you can have fun with the kids in the Kids Corner…


  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row