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 task are butterflies, and to attract both, plant a bit of Cleome in your herb garden. Additionally, many beekeepers love Cleome as it is an … [Read more...] about Cleome Serrulata: A Native American addition to the witch’s garden and table, and a friend to bees and butterflies
This is my second year of growing a witch's garden, and I look back at the first year as an experiment. Perhaps my biggest problem with last year's garden was that each plant lived in isolation. There's nothing more dull than a beautiful plant with a background of mulch. A secondary consideration … [Read more...] about Year two: Tips for starting a witch’s garden from scratch
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 Foxglove family which fits the bill. Native to eastern and southeastern United States as well as Canada, it's right at home in a faerie garden, as well … [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. Transplanted this year it's still perhaps my favorite. Blooms about this time each year and later in the summer. … [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. The two in the ground certainly outperformed the container one, but I didn't have a lot of hope that those two would make it through the cold season. … [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 my displeasure, he acknowledged it not. Now this man, let's call him Orlando for the purposes of this story, is quite knowledgable about witchy … [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 for the bus which would take him to his office at the BBC in London, a regular trip for him. He suddenly felt a sharp pain, as though he'd been stung … [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 freezing at night. And tomorrow's forecast is for rain, freezing rain and snow, So it's not quite over yet. When the wind chill took us below zero, … [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 was a C when I went to school back), has to do with not knowing anything about it prior to taking it up. Not that I wasn't around gardening. My parents … [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 shall I my true love find! Tell me, ye jovial sailors, tell me true, If my sweet William sails among the crew. William, who high upon the … [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 The Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz, the answer is no. Besides, witches would have ridden their broomsticks naked and greased … [Read more...] about Were witch’s gardens used by witches and herbalists in the middle ages?
Hollyhocks have an ancient pedigree for healing and you're hard pressed to find a malevolent use for the plant. Bees and butterflies are attracted to the pollen which drips onto the petals, spreading fertility to the witch's garden. The name Alcea comes from the ancient Greek word for healing, … [Read more...] about Alcea rosea: Hollyhocks bring a positive influence to the witch’s garden, along with fairies, bees, butterflies and white magic