09/29/17 12:00pm
SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | It’s about thyme — the author’s herbal book, a photo of her mother’s garden and a bunch of the real thing.

SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | It’s about thyme — the author’s herbal book, a photo of her mother’s garden and a bunch of the real thing.

There is as an old photograph of my mother’s garden that I keep tucked away in one of my favorite old herbals. I enjoy stumbling upon it from time to time. It is a window into one of my favorite childhood memories. Sisters running with hair in braids, matching clothes, chasing each other between rows of cucumbers, towers of tomatoes and beds of string beans.   (more…)

06/09/17 8:00am
SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | Beautiful and beneficial Monarda

SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | Beautiful and beneficial Monarda

Monarda is a popular perennial plant used in bee and butterfly gardens. Fragrant patches of it emerge throughout my yard and landscape. I pick a leaf off of the square stem of the plant, crush it between my fingers and release the citrus-like aroma. I am reminded of why the plant is also called bergamot, due to its rich aroma reminiscent of bergamot oranges. I put the leaf in my mouth and savor the pungent, spicy tones.  (more…)

05/12/17 10:00am
SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | Bees and their queen on the move in May.

SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | Bees and their queen on the move in May.

I have learned that there is no hiding when Mother Nature has something for you to experience. There are moments to witness and lessons to learn within each and every season.  If you are willing to be present, you will find that nature is full of surprises.

I have been quietly working in my garden, the May morning is warm and clear. Birds are singing, and the essence of spring is awake with every flower unfolding.  (more…)

04/09/17 3:00pm
SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | Plantain may be considered a weed, but it is a powerful ally in the first aid kit.

SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | Plantain may be considered a weed, but it is a powerful ally in the first aid kit.

You have seen it. You may have stepped on it. It is a very familiar, perennial weed that will penetrate a crack in a sidewalk, or diligently follow alongside a walkway or trail.

With common names such as “Snakeweed” or “Englishman’s Foot,” in some circles plantain, Plantago major, is regarded as a weed.  One of the “Super Weeds” that the chemical lawn industries have declared war on. (more…)