You can't overestimate the importance of bees in a witch's garden, for our stinging friends help to pollinate. Just behind them in usefulness in this … [Read more...] about Cleome Serrulata: A Native American addition to the witch’s garden and table, and a friend to bees and butterflies
For those in the United States who like to keep their garden stocked with native plants, Beard's Tongue, orPenstemon digitalis is a member of the … [Read more...] about Penstemon digitalis: A Foxglove native to North America
You always have a soft spot for your first ... this Foxglove at the top was my first witchy plant, which I picked up as a seedling three summers ago. … [Read more...] about Foxglove! Spring means faeries thimbles in the witch’s garden
This was a surprise ... Last spring I managed to get hold of three Belladonna plants. Two went directly into the ground, the third into a container. … [Read more...] about Witchy plants coming back in the spring from a hard winter
One evening I had a friend over for drinks. The friend in question had run afoul of my good graces some time ago, and though I was certain he knew of … [Read more...] about Witchy Garden Experiments: Sewing seeds on the Winter Solstice to avoid cold stratification
Exiled from his native Bulgaria, Playwright and novelist Georgi Markov had just finished walking across the Thames on Waterloo Bridge. There he waited … [Read more...] about Ricinus communis: An ally to dictators and the KGB: Friend to mothers for ages, the bane to moles everywhere, the intriguing tale of the Castor Bean plant
Relatively speaking it was a nasty winter. It turned cold in November and is still a bit chilly most days in March, as well as dipping down below … [Read more...] about What survived the winter in the witch’s garden?
I think my success in gardening for the past three years (and I'm not about to claim great success mind you, at best about a 75% success rate which … [Read more...] about Starting seeds indoors for a witch’s garden
by: John Gay (1685-1732) All in the Downs the fleet was moor'd, The streamers waving in the wind, When black-ey'd Susan came aboard. Oh! where … [Read more...] about A Ballad: Sweet William’s Farewell To Black-Eyed Susan
To answer that question, you first have to answer the question "what is a witch?" If your concept of a witch is Miss Almira Gulch and her alter ego … [Read more...] about Were witch’s gardens used by witches and herbalists in the middle ages?
Hollyhock symbolism and meaning have an ancient pedigree, as they do for healing. Hollyhocks are symbolic of the cycle of life, and so you find them i … [Read more...] about Hollyhock symbolism and meaning: A positive influence to the witch’s garden, along with fairies, bees, butterflies and white magic