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‘Tis the Season for Rosemary–Beth Trissel

“There’s rosemary that’s for remembrance. Pray, you love, remember.” ~ Hamlet Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs, mostly just because. I rarely cook with it, but love its scent and the wealth of history behind it. Known as the herb of remembrance from … Continue reading

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June In Our Garden–Beth Trissel

June Excerpts from my nonfiction book,  Shenandoah Watercolors, a 2012 EPIC eBook Awards Finalist.  Images of the garden by daughter Elise.  This photograph is of our double-flowered apricot hollyhocks. This year I shall try to remember to save seed. “It’s … Continue reading

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My Answer to World Peace

This will come as no surprise to those of you who follow my blog, but I strongly feel and emphatically declare the world would be a far better place if everyone had a garden.  I’m convinced when people are growing … Continue reading

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Finding Gold in Herbal Lore–Calendula

In late May–June, calendula flowers wink cheerily in the herb and perennial border that stretches along the road like a colorful island in  a grassy sea.  The plants prefer cooler sunny weather so fall off during the hot summer months … Continue reading

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Planting A Fairy Garden

If you lack whimsy and magic in your life, consider enticing fairies to your yard by including the plants they find irresistible. Personally, I’ve always been a big fan of fairies and they are more than welcome in my garden.  … Continue reading

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Gardening, Dear to my Heart, Hard on the Back

“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.” ~ Ruth Stout Spring came early this year to the Shenandoah Valley, though there’s frost out this morning.   If it could always be spring….what joy. … Continue reading

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‘To Be Taken With A Mixture of Pounded Frogs…’ ~Herbal Lore

Agrimony:  Used from ancient times to treat many ailments and injuries, it’s also reputed to have magical properties. From A Modern Herbal: “The plant is found abundantly throughout England, on hedge-banks and the sides of fields, in dry thickets and … Continue reading

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What do Allergies, Herbs, and History All Have in Common?

Me.  Most definitely. Being passionate about the past, I relish a connection to those who’ve gone before us.  I’m fascinated with history and love old homes, historic sites, all that ties us to the richness of bygone ages.  Intrigued with … Continue reading

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Herbs Of Colonial Williamsburg and Early America

I love old-fashioned gardens, particularly those with herbs.  I grow many of my own heirloom flowers and herbs, even  included a lovely garden in my award-winning  Colonial American romance novel set during the American Revolution entitled Enemy of the King. … Continue reading

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The Lure of Herbal Lore

“Faierie-Folks Are in Old Oaks.” ~ Old Herbal Saying “Where the yarrow grows there is one who know.”~ My fascination with herbs and herbal lore is largely prompted by my absorption with all things historic and the thrill of seeing, … Continue reading

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