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Floating Petals by Floatingpetals - 2d ago

Herbs and flowers have many wondrous healing powers; so many more than I could ever imagine. I have learned about some of these healing herbs and flowers from Ellen at Second Nature Herb Farm at the Dorset Market. It’s always a joy and experience visiting her stand on Sundays.

With each of these herbs she picks the flowers in bloom, soaks them in olive oil and then steeps the blossoms and olive oil in honey for 6 weeks, creating a non aromatic salve.

Growing up, I was taught that by touching flowers it might hurt or wilt them. In my adulthood, I have learned that this is not true, and it’s part of the reason why I enjoy visiting Ellen at her stand, as she encourages touching and smelling the herbs. In exploring her herbs, I have learned that by softly touching the leaves, you not only get the sensation of their various textures but also their delightful, and sometimes surprising, aromas.

With a few of the herbs that Ellen grows, including Arnica, St. John’s Wort and Calendula (I love the word Calendula), she makes salves. With each of these herbs she picks the flowers in bloom, soaks them in olive oil and then steeps the blossoms and olive oil in honey for 6 weeks, creating a non aromatic salve. The color of the salve is a delightful deep, golden yellow from the honey, and it’s wonderful to rub into aches, pains, etc.

The Power of Healing Herbs and Flowers with Salve

Arnica: Heals bruises, treats arthritis, and is an all around reliever of aches, pains and inflammation.
Calendula: Is a disinfectant and has antibacterial properties, along with helping in treating slow-healing cuts.

St. John’s Wort: Heals cuts, scratches and relieves muscle strain and tension.

I may not be able to share the incredibly varied and delightful textures and aromas through my blog, but I hope you’ll be able to find someone at your local farmers market who grows herbs, so you too, can experience their wonder and delight.

Second Nature Herb Farm:

Ellen has a wealth of knowledge about the amazing and bountiful world of herbs. She is very happy to share with anyone who is interested in learning about herbs. If you are in the Manchester/Dorset area between now and Columbus Day weekend, come visit Ellen at the Dorset Farmers Market between 10am-2pm or at her farm: 331 Mill Pond Rd, Wells, Vermont 05774. You can also purchase her salve or enjoy an enlightening conversation with her.

Share with me below: What herb(s) do you use for their healing powers?

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Pot Marigold, Calendula. Photographed @ Tucson Botanical Garden.

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Maiden Pink is a “species pinks”, one that is used as a parent to produce many of the pinks cultivars seen in nurseries.

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MY TWO CENTS
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle… I have heard this quote or something very close to it a handful of times lately, and it really strikes a cord. It’s so easy to be in my own space, and to not take the time to be aware that everyone I intersect with has their own battle they are dealing with. Life is a challenge for each of us, and I will have to work on taking more time to be aware of the fact that we are each contending with our own battles, and I may never know what it is that someone else is contending with, but I need to work on being more gracious and understanding to each person I come in contact with. From this I might learn to grow more outside of myself and be a better person for it. Always a work in progress.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ian Maclaren was the pen name for John Watson (November 3, 1850-May 6, 1907) who was a Scottish theologian and writer/author. After his studies at university, Watson decided to focus on theology and went to New College, Edinburgh and Tübingen. He was a minister of the Free Church of Scotland and retired as the minister at Sefton Park Presbyterian Church in Liverpool. Watson traveled to the United States and had tonsillitis which led to blood poisoning and he died in Iowa.

Watson wrote in his stories from the Kailyard school of thought, which was a much softer and sentimental perspective of rural life in Scotland after what had been a much coarser time prior to this lifestyle, and for that reason this lighter tone of story was well received. The most popular book he wrote was Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush (1894), which sold more than 700,000 copies and many of his other books even surpassed this in sales.

Note about the author: It’s not confirmed that this quote is by Ian Maclaren (aka: John Watson), but he has been given credit by Wikipedia. Plato or Philo of Alexandria have also been given credit for this quote, but I went with John Watson as I read that this was his temperament to be aware of and care for others, especially as a minister.

Share with me below what comes to mind when you hear this quote.

FEATURED FLOWER
Gloriosa Daisy. Photographed @ My Wildflower Garden.

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MY TWO CENTS
Fireworks are flowers in the garden sky… What a lovely quote and true visual. Here is one example of this Pink Powderpuff bloom that looks as if it’s fireworks exploding here on earth. So many flowers have that explosive beauty, and more can be seen on my blooming blog.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jarod Kintz (b. March 5, 1982) was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a young child he moved to Colorado and then to Jacksonville, Florida, which he considers home. After high school, Kintz attended six different colleges. He graduated from Florida State University with a degree in English. Kintz is known for his one liners and has self published many books via Amazon.

FEATURED FLOWER
Pink Powderpuff. Photographed @ LA Zoo & Botanical Garden.

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Are flowers fireworks or are fireworks flowers..? I have two favorite holidays and the Fourth of July is one of them! I get so excited to see fireworks every year. I’m always ooh’ing and ahh’ing throughout the entire display. The funny thing is, I’m also always ooh’ing and ahh’ing over flowers and their unique displays.

“Fireworks are flowers in the garden sky.”

Here are some flowers that I think depict the loveliness of fireworks here on earth.

Ditch Lily, Photographed in My Garden

Purple Haze Perfume Passion Flower, Photographed at the San Antonio Botanic Garden

Cafe au Lait Dahlia, Photographed in Anna’s Blooms Garden

Jane Cowl Tropical Hibiscus, Photographed in Jupiter, Florida

Padre Cerise Belgian Mum, Photographed in My Garden

Iceland Poppy, Photographed in My Brother’s Garden

September Ruby New England Aster, Photographed at the New York Botanical Garden

Globe Thistle, Photographed in My Garden

Coral Senecio, Photographed at the New York Botanical Garden

And then there is the finale in all of its glory. Firework after firework, flower after flower, all exploding in such a beautiful array.

Gloriosa Daisies, Photographed in My Wildflower Garden

Share with me below: What flower do you think most resembles fireworks?

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Globe Thistle. Photographed in My Garden.

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Many bird species delight in the small purple-blue lantana berries, however the rest of the plant is poisonous to animals.

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MY TWO CENTS
What I love most about this crazy life is the adventure of it… I love adventure and at the same time, I know I don’t have enough of it in my life. Sometimes it’s lack of time, other times it’s lack of effort. And then there is the ease of living vicariously through the lens of others through social media, and let’s face it – that is not true adventure.

Adventure doesn’t mean it needs to cost a lot of money. Instead, it means finding things outside of your comfort zone to experience life. I posted recently on My Blooming Blog about a very special adventure I had ‘In the Midst of the Fog.’ I know I need adventure in my life, whether it’s as simple as finding something different to do in my current surroundings, physically challenging myself or findings way to step outside my comfort zone… Either way, adventure and experiencing life is right outside your door. Let’s get out there and enjoy it!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Juliette Binoche (b. March 9, 1964) was born in Paris, France. Both of her parents were actors and there was a history of acting in her family. Binoche’s parents divorced in 1968, and she and her sister were sent to provincial boarding school. At times, the two young girls would not see either parent for months at a time. Binoche started acting at an early age. She continued with acting and has a been in over 60 featured films such as Chocolat and The English Patient. She has also spent time on the stage and television and has won numerous awards for her work. Binoche has two children: a son Raphaël and a daughter Hana. One of her charitable involvements has been with the Enfants d’Asie, a French Cambodian charity, of which she is a godmother to five children.

FEATURED FLOWER
Toad Lily, Artic Orchid. Photographed in a friend’s garden, Dorset, VT.

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Floating Petals by Floatingpetals - 3w ago

In the midst of the fog is where this adventure began. As I write about it I’m finding I’m getting emotional about it, but not because it was a scary adventure or one with lots of risks. Instead, it was an adventure of nature, to explore, to connect; to experience something I had not experienced before in the middle of nowhere. It wasn’t earth shattering, and yet it was for me.

As I turned to the field, I was stunned and awed by the beauty and peacefulness around me.

It started with Jack, our plumber and nature lover, who introduced me to this flower, Canada Lily, and this field. He knew the owners of the property and mentioned they would not be up until the day after. So, I took the hint, and I knew it would be an opportunity I couldn’t miss to come be in this field and shoot this bloom.

The next morning, the day before the family was ascending on the property, the fog was heavy. As I was getting ready to leave, I wondered what kind of view I would have with the fog. I also knew I couldn’t let it deter me from going. So, at 6am I hopped into my Jeep Wrangler and drove to this new destination.

Upon arrival I gathered my equipment. As I turned to the field, I was stunned and awed by the beauty and peacefulness around me. The fog only added to the view along with all of the lovely sounds of nature and birds chirping all around me.

This flower surrounded me. It gave me many opportunities to see its varying perspectives. With the fog present, the wind was still, making it the perfect condition for shooting. It was a beautiful and meditative morning of both pausing in my surroundings and setting up for the next photo. The quiet of the fog and the early morning were rejuvenating. I will always treasure being in the midst of the fog. An experience beyond compare.

In today’s world, it’s easy to see life through someone else’s lens, but what life is really about is taking time out to find your own adventures; to broaden your view and create your own emotional connection. It takes effort, but it’s worth every bit of it to step out of our comfort zones and experience life and nature.

Share with me below: What adventure have you had that has left a lasting impression on you?

FEATURED FLOWER
Canada Lily. Photographed in a Field in the Middle of Dorset, VT.

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Prairie Mallows have the look of their close relative, hollyhock, but not the dominating height and aggressive self-seeding.

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MY TWO CENTS
Gardens say, Slow down, Look around you, Believe, Hope… I’m doing my best to let my gardens speak to me, and I’m trying to slow down. Admittedly though, I do find it hard at times, but when I spend time in my gardens I find I slow down and don’t feel so rushed. The gardens make me look around and take in all of the breathtaking beauty they give all summer long.

The second part of this quote echos for me with my cutting garden. Planting a seed, makes me believe. To see it grow, gives me hope. I have so much gratitude for my gardens and all that they give me.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I wasn’t able to find anything about Zoraida Rivera Morales, but I did find her quote in this very thoughtful book: Garden Blessings, by June Cotner.

FEATURED FLOWER
RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Photographed @ the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

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