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Gardening for Witches

You can’t be a proper witch without knowing the plants. A witch’s garden is the perfect choice for those who want to prepare their own potions, or just want to grow something a bit more interesting than daffodils. Since witchy types are fond of the night, tips and techniques for growing moon garden plants are included as well.

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The Haunted Traveler

Most people’s idea of a holiday is a sunny beach someplace. The Haunted Traveler takes you off the beaten trail, to hotels and B&Bs where things go bump in the night. To restaurants where unseen hands might throw the occasion glass, or the person walking through the pub might not be of this world. Or historic sites who have former tenants who just won’t leave. For those who love the chills, and are less concerned with science and more in search of atmosphere, this is your guide to creepy travel.

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A Gothic Journal

A travelogue, a journal of a year, searching for history, horror and the redemptive power of love in prehistoric Britain ... through henges, stone circles, castles, sacred sites and the lovely English countryside A tale of enchantment, by a country and a woman.

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Gothic Horror Stories

Next to traveling to creepy sites around the world, there’s nothing quite so satisfying as reading a story which sends chills up your spine. These tales are specially curated from the golden age of gothic horror. Best served with a strong drink in front of a roaring fire, while the thunderstorm brews in the distance

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Historic Travel Destinations

The golden age of gothic horror is a couple of centuries in the past. It’s hard to understand how we got here without knowing the past. The historical background behind the places and issues that haunt us still. For those who get a thrill out of historic markers or can’t imagine taking a long trip without stopping in at one historic site at least.

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“Walpurgis Night was when, according to the belief of millions of people, the devil was abroad—when the graves were opened and the dead came forth and walked. When all evil things of earth and air and water held revel.” Bram Stoker, “Dracula’s Guest” "There is a mountain very high and bare...whereon it is given out that - Click to read more

Brugmansia bloom pod a day or so after appearing.

I was skeptical about trying a Brugmansia. They aren't known for surviving in southern Illinois, and growing from seedlings or cuttings can take two or three years to pay off. But when I saw this monstrosity I decided to give it a go. I brought it into the witch's garden and the weather turned foul - Click to read more

Photo of witch garden plants in the spring.

Dear H., I was sitting in the garden part of the garden this evening, and I remembered I had a couple of these little bottles of absinthe. It was getting late and I was feeling tired. The absinthe reminded me of you, and how at a moment like that we’d come alive. Those were some - Click to read more

Peonies in bloom in the Witch's Garden, May 21, 2016

May 21, 2016. My mom planted this bush, who knows when. Dad has a thing about weeds, and a spray can full of noxious chemicals. It's likely when the peonies started coming back in the spring he took them for weeds. For whatever reason, when I took over that part of the garden I took - Click to read more

Cemetery Symbolism: The Meaning of Memento Mori and a Puritan reminder of your mortality thumbnail

Memento Mori, headstone in the Old Burial Ground, Concord, MA, c. 1759. Click here for more tombstone images "Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound - Click to read more

Daylilly opening in the witch's garden

May 19, 2016. It's said that Daylillies are night scented, but so far I've seen no evidence of that. They're tucked in below a butterfly bush and bordered by Lambs Ear and Poison Ivy. I'm in the process of yanking out all of the later. I'll keep one because I do grow poisons after all - Click to read more

Valerian begins to bloom in the witch's garden.

May 19, 2016 A lot of people take Valerian, usually as a tea made from the roots. This is the first year I've tried growing it on my own, and no sooner than I got it in the ground it began to bloom. It's a lovely herb, and since it's a perennial, I picked up - Click to read more

Penstemon digitalis, a native American foxglove in bloom in the witch's garden. May 19, 2016

May 19, 2016 Penstemon digitalis, a Foxglove native to the eastern and western United States and Canada turns out to be quite adept at spreading itself. It's a lovely, though slightly more delicate version of Foxglove, with striking redding foliage. I noticed it's spreading from the one I planted last year, to four or five - Click to read more

Ghost stories are a traditional part of New England evenings, and have been since before the founding of our country. So what can be better than spending an evening in a haunted Massachusetts hotel, inn or bed and breakfast? Let's be honest … you're not likely to be disturbed by either the dead or undead in a - Click to read more

Foxglove, or fairy thimbles as they were once known, a staple of a true fairy garden. Blooming in the witch's garden, May 10, 2016

May 10, 2016 I love Foxglove. They used to be known as Fairy Thimbles. I was at a nursery the other day and they had a section for fairy gardens. The packaging was too neat, too professional and of course, there were no plants whatsoever associated with fairies. But there were cute little houses and - Click to read more