Garden Diary 2016

Garden impressions, the garden throughout the seasons, garden work, the ecosystem, observations – a chronological photo diary, with descriptions and anecdotes…

Winter ’16

February magic and new green friends. Planted arums.

A box for the hellebore. Lenten roses in all shades and colors…

New plants and seedlings..

Winter isn’t over yet…

Spring ’16

The male fern “dragon” awakens: underneath black scales hides the green flesh, from which new fronds will rise.

April sea of white flowers…

Walpurgis ’16 – The garden explodes. First herb harvest, new mandrakes joining the family and plenty of work to do…

May/Jun. ’16 – New raised bed in process, pink flowers everywhere…

Beloved columbines bloom in all colors…

Jun. 4 ’16 – Hellebore give away for my birthday. Hellebore seeds and plantlets to be mailed to new owners…

Summer ’16

Summer Solstice incense, composed for protection, dream work and creative inspiration…

Jul. ’16 – The garden runs wild…

Jul. ’16 – Incense of the Dead: two blends for honoring and contacting  the dead…

15. Aug. ’16 – Sakura Yume incense, another incense blend for dream work, contains precious aloes wood, Damascus rose and sakura flowers…

16. Aug. ’16 – The month has some of the most beautiful sunsets. I planted monkshood seedlings to the ground beneath our apple tree. Thornapple has sown out itself on the meadow and just starts flowering…

Sep. ’16 – The mandrakes planted to the raised bed start sprouting. Thornapple is late and autumn crocus is early. Bumblebees collect as much as they can from the flowers of Lamarck’s aconite, stealing nectar without pollinating, as rain approaches. (The flowers were already pollinated, it had plenty of seeds.)

Sep. ’16 – New seeds boxes in the making…

Autumn ’16

Autumn is here. The days are getting shorter, the plants crave all the light they can get. Morning glory is still thriving and so are the newly planted mandrakes. The red berries of the poisonous bittersweet nightshade are ripening. I am treating myself to some bitter tea from masterwort root and lemon balm.

Oct. ’16 – Comparing mandrake in pots vs. mandrake planted to the ground…

Oct. ’16 – Harvest Blessing Ritual: the seed boxes are completed and for blessing them, I felt inspired to construct a new harvest seal from the herbal harvest…

Samhain ’16 – A protective incense with various benific healing and cleansing herbs as well as self-gathered pine resin…

Oct. ’16 – Incense for the dark dead, based on traditional coercive incense recipes for dealing with obnoxious spirits…

Nov. ’16 – Mandrake project continued: what started earlier this year, is meant to last. I am drawing portraits of mandrake roots, which are then sent out together with life roots…

Dec. ’16 – Cold days and nights, it snowed only once so far, more often it rains. The garden remains frozen, yet is filled with life. I am contemplating time as the year is coming to an end.

Dec. 21 ’16 – Winter solstice blessings. It’s been a while since I crafted anything for myself. The motifs on this woodburning are all based on own photo references, from walks through nature etc. It is accompanied by a winter incense that shall go online in January ’17, along with the next batch of wooden seed boxes. New seeds have been sown…

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