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It is the perfect weather today! No major winds, humidity or clouds. Just gorgeous sunshiny blue skies! I have been outside trying to weed, move plants, replant etc. around our yard. We
use our herb beds here at home for recipe developing, testing, personal use and just to try different herbs that we are not familiar with
. About 4 years ago we planted Mugwort. And let's just say I have been trying to eliminate since then! LOL This herb makes mint look docile and non-aggressive! It has a very pretty varigated leaf. But, once you plant it, it will take over! And replant itself everywhere! It also grows pretty tall and bushes out. So, if you ever decided to grow Mugwort, know that you can hack away at and it just comes back.
Mugwort was used in cooking to add a bitter taste to fats and meats. Before hops came along, it was used to make beer. It was a big medicial herb in Asian medicine. It produces a toxic oil when concentrated and used in large quanities over a prologed time. Pregnant women want to avoid it. And quite frankly, I am trying to avoid it by getting rid of it because Mugwort pollen is one of the main sources of hay fever and allergic asthma in the USA.
So, today I have been really working at pulling it all out. I will have to stay on top of this plant areas because new little sprouts seem to come from no where quickly!
For more info on this herb, check out Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mugwort
This is the first year that I'm planting my tomatoes in a trench rather than vertically. I have read that this method will allow the root system have more area to grow. I also upcycled a few milk jugs as a way to get the water to the roots without having to go through the soil. The milk jugs were cleaned and have small holes poked through to let the water go directly to the roots. These tomato plants are two Early Girls and a Celebrity. I can't wait to see what they yield! I also
planted a little basil around them because basil makes the tomatoes taste better.
Barns built and decorated, beautiful dining rooms, garden gates, Summer decor, and the ever present furniture transformation were just a few of the features from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House.
On a recent balmy spring evening, the Arden Garden Gild visited the grounds of the Goodstay Gardens on Pennsylvania Avenue in Wilmington, Delaware. At the height of its spring bloom, the
collection of six enclosed gardens was a sight to behold. Breathtaking peonies planted in long flowerbeds filled the air with a lovely scent. Roses, iris, columbines, rhododendrons and many other lovely blooms filled the garden with color, accompanied by bird song as dusk approached.
Dating back to the late 1600′s, this colonial garden has undergone several restorations and improvements: in the 1920′s by Ellen Coleman duPont Meeds and Robert Wheelwright and, for the past twenty years, by the Friends of Goodstay Gardens group.
Goodstay Gardens is an oasis in the city, a trip to the country through a stone gate entry. Here is a small sampling of the beauty contained within. I hope it inspires a trip of your own to discover this garden gem.
see more pictures at http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/springt...
See a wonderful article by Moira Sheridan on Goodstay Gardens at http://www.delawareonline.com/article/201305...
Face Book site for The Friends of Goodstay Gardens https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfGoodstayGa... (with many more pictures)