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 […]
What's blooming in the Witch's Garden?
A garden journal of witchy herbs, moon garden magic and cottage garden favorites
How I became the witch's gardener. Gardening with a history.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
May 10, 2016 Gardens are loved for their color. Witches are fond of their blacks. So we have to work in some black in here someplace. I ran across these Black Pansies at our local nursery this year, and filled half the containers out there on the table with them. Like a lot of black […]
May 4, 2016 Belladonna was one of the first witch plants I set out in my garden. I had no luck getting it started from seeds, and so ordered three plants. Two came back the first year, I ordered two more. This year only one came back, and I nearly pulled it up, thinking it […]
About four years ago I planted English Ivy. It succeeded and grows thick and heavy, which is what I wanted. I felt exposed to my right when I sat on my bench. This spring a Lilac bush I planted at the same time finally lived up to its promise. That whole section of the garden […]
April 23 I have three Clematis vines, growing in three different spots. All three started off the season blooming well, and as of the end of May, two are still at it. Unfortunately one not only stopped blooming, even the vine appears to have died. It’s at the corner of a roof and so got […]
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. A look at plants, ideas, resources, […]