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Winter’s Promise – seedpods in the winter garden

My winter garden may seem lacking in colour after the frost and snow has had it’s way, but I see so much promise in the seeds that hold the breath of spring inside them.

014 copyThese tiny coriander seedpods will scatter through out my garden and grow into delicious green cilantro as soon as spring is here. I let them spread freely as they are easy to weed out in places where I don’t want them.

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Calendula pods will seed themselves and spread there beautiful orange and yellow blossoms  – I infuse their petals in almond and coconut oil to make a body butter for the dry winter months

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Lavender are some of the bees favourite flowers – they literally hum in early summer as I hang my laundry out right next to them. We have two top bar beehives on our property in the village and four more on a local organic farm. I use lavender to make eye pillows and a gorgeous body oil. They seed themselves in the garden and I pass them on to my neighbours and friends knowing that our bees will find them.

042 copy.jpgThese faded ladies are stunning in the summer garden with their rich pink petals and bright green leaves. ‘Rosa Rugosa’ flower at least twice if we’re lucky, in the early summer and again in the fall. They do not spread by seed but can be propagated by clipping their suckers.

009 copyOregano spreads itself freely and you have to keep an eye on it as it can be a bit invasive. It is however another favourite of the bees and delicious in the kitchen.

027 copyMilkweed have the most interesting pods and of course the monarch butterflies love them.

043 copyPretty pretty cosmos – flower of the sun – all inside those tiny pods waiting for the spring

006 copyEchinacea – one of my treasured medicinal plants, and beautiful too.

 

A snow cradle:

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My Precious Seeds

September brings harvest, and my most precious garden treasures are my seeds. I am always charmed by the beautiful pods of beans that I pluck and shuck every Fall from my garden.

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This year for the first time I tried growing lentils. I was surprised that they came in such tiny little pods. Nothing like the beans I grow and shuck every year. Look at the difference in size:

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From left to right: Snow peas, which I call the Kootenay snow pea because they have been grown here for well over 20 years, (I grow them every year from my own seeds), a variety of Dragon’s Tongue which I call Jack Harvey beans after the restaurant I worked at who grew them, Orca beans, Black Coco beans, beautiful big white Italian Roma beans, and above them the tiny French lentils, and on the far right, the French fillet beans ( our favourite summer green bean for fresh eating.

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Jack Harvey beans are the yummiest bean for making baked beans. I do them in the crockpot and next time I make them I will post the recipe. They are chunky, buttery and delicious!