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Plant "discoveries" by Raymond
1/22/2020 2:57:56 PM
by Raymond

Joe-Pye, Eutrochium maculatum,  also commonly known as gravel root. We have had this plant growing in one of our gray water beds for several years. Last year going into late summer and fall it looked like a number of Joe-Pye seedlings were coming up in several locations around the yard. I was not comfortable in my plant identification because the young plants had a different leaf count. So I was eagerly awaiting their return this past Spring and began to despair for that I was not seeing them return. I began to fear the -35 degree nights in February had done them in. Finally the old cluster of stalks started to return and the new plants came up… and up. There were more than we wanted in different areas of the lawn and became a question of where to let them grow. The young plants seem to transplant fairly readily so I will continue to refine where they are allowed to grow. 
I found that making a tea of Joe-Pye leaf or root, golden rod and Canadian Horseweed seemed to be calming for my overactive bladder. More on that and Canadian Horseweed another plant “discovery” for me last year.
Garden and anticipation
1/15/2020 1:14:21 PM
Garden Dreams by Raymond
The Solstice has passed and we find ourselves a little overwhelmed with tasks. This morning has been a long overdue work session on getting the website to be functional. Laurie is busy getting the herb catalog/pricelist updated. Look for it on the products page.

We are also looking into methods of distilling alcohol for fuel.

We take solace in these times by planning for the coming garden season. We have some seeds planted indoors and have many seed catalogs coming in the mail. So many seeds to consider.

We are also anticipating the arrival of the Spring evephemrals as they emerge. The Dutchmen's britches and Bloodroot are always a welcome sight. 
It is my intention to take a more active role in administering this website and posting weekly update on the blog..

Checking on the garden.
6/1/2019 10:53:00 AM
by Raymond

We are finally getting our feet on the ground at our new location and are planning to do classes. On June 20 we will be leading a Weed Walk. We will meet at Myrick Park center that Thursday at noon and at 6 PM to wander around identifying plants. Please consider coming alongl

Yesterday I went up to the garden to check on our seedlings and found the Star of Bethlehem in full bloom. These are plants I adopted from near the Trempeauleau yard waste area. They stood out in the woods as being of interest to my eye. So we plunked them in the ground near our address sign. These plants are non-native and can be invasive... so be careful and be ready to judiciously weed them to control them. 

We also have Yellow Ladies Slipper blooming in the garden. They are slowing spreading. We are looking forward to getting some more plants The Garden of the Blue Ridge.

Crazy busy... we have moved.
5/10/2019 9:57:47 AM
by Raymond

After a crazy April we are up and running in our new location at  1729 Kane St. It is an exceedingly cozy space for consutations. My wife Laurie's greatest strength is helping people integrate the American paradigm of healhcare with cost effective herbal, food other safe and effective self care measures. 

 With all the chaos of moving business and household we still found time to rescue a few bloodroot from an endangered location to our "Oma" garden honoring our mothers and grandmothers. 

Laurie transplanting bloodroot. Sanguinaria canadensis
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