Top: Evening Primrose flowers growing in the fairy section of a witch's garden Thinking of you while out for a ramble Down by a cold frosty … [Read more...] about Primrose flowers in a witch’s garden: A gift to, and protection from fairies, tokens for the dead and Evening Primrose for a moon garden
Plants for A Witch's Garden & Moon Garden
An incomplete herbal of witch's garden plants, their science and folklore, how to grow, how to serve to cure or or curse
Witch's garden plants differ from a normal garden, in that the story is as fascinating as the plant itself. The wisdom, and madness of these plants have been known and passed down through the ages. At one time, possession of witch's garden plants like these could have found you tied to the stake. Today the only stake we deal with on a regular basis are the stakes which keep the plants growing straight.
The history of witch's garden plants
People think of witch's as being a middle ages phenomenon, but witches and people known for herbalism and healing go back to the Romans, the Greeks and much earlier.
We can trace the history of science in medicine by how these plants have been used over time, and how in some cases, their secrets are only now being unlocked
From healing potions to the dark arts, the articles below make for a great introduction to witch's garden plants
How I became the witch's gardener. Gardening with a history.
This was the second year I’ve had Monkshood in my witch’s garden. I tried growing it from seed with no luck. I have little patience for slow … [Read more...] about Monkshood: A deadly poison and essential ingredient in witch’s flying ointments comes back in the witch’s garden
Cowslip is a staple of British folklore, herbalism and literature ... And I serve the Fairy Queen To dew her orbs upon the green. The cowslips tall … [Read more...] about Celebrating the Cowslip on May Day morning in the witch’s garden
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
Top: Meadowsweet, right, growing along a path by the river Avon, Barton Country Farm, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire. I have a soft spot for Meadowsweet. … [Read more...] about From the witch’s garden, Meadowsweet, a love potion as well as a balm for aching hearts
Deadly Nightshade ... will you die for love? Will you die for beauty? Will you die for powers beyond your wildest imagination. That's the allure of … [Read more...] about Deadly Nightshade: From Witch’s flying potions, to the beauty of the women of Venice, to death from the sweet berries of Atropa Belladonna
And where the marjoram once, and sage, and rue, And balm, and mint, with curl'd-leaf parsley grew, And double marigolds, and silver thyme, And … [Read more...] about Tanacetum vulgare: Once a necessity for British gardens, Tansy has been used for abortions as well as immortality, and goes good with eggs
It was this song which included Foxglove that gave me the idea to start a witch's garden. It was in the spring of last year when I saw my foxglove was … [Read more...] about Foxglove digitalis: From witches’ thimbles to witch’s hats, a flower to lure fairies and whose magic in folklore brings both life and death
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
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
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