Sunrise farewell in the Blue Ridge

Sunrise farewell in the Blue Ridge

SpilanthesAcmella oleracea
It’s like Pop Rocks but without the corn syrup and artificial dye!  Spilanthes is an awesome gateway plant because it makes your mouth all tingly and explodey feeling while preventing and treating infection/bacteria.  It’s just great recreationally, too, when you are feeling bored.  I’m considering making Spilanthes fruit leather this fall. And Spilanthes mead. And Spilanthes everything.  Never enough.

Spilanthes
Acmella oleracea

It’s like Pop Rocks but without the corn syrup and artificial dye!  Spilanthes is an awesome gateway plant because it makes your mouth all tingly and explodey feeling while preventing and treating infection/bacteria.  It’s just great recreationally, too, when you are feeling bored.  I’m considering making Spilanthes fruit leather this fall. And Spilanthes mead. And Spilanthes everything.  Never enough.

The “retreat” center down the road.  Abandoned suddenly in the 70s. There would be more pictures but I decided to run away because it was scary.

Blue VervainVerbena hastata
I’m too intimidated by writing a comprehensive blurb on this one right now… but only because it’s awesome and I really want to do it justice!   Pithy overview: Blue Vervain is a lovely lovely bitter nervine that is especially suited to folks dealing with anxiety of the high-strung, self-critical, perfectionist sort.  It is a neurotrophorestorative, meaning that it simultaneously repairs damage to the nervous system and tones and strengthens it (rare among medicines/single herbs).  Additional properties include aiding digestion and soothing coughs.  Also it has a very pretty flower!

Blue Vervain
Verbena hastata

I’m too intimidated by writing a comprehensive blurb on this one right now… but only because it’s awesome and I really want to do it justice!   Pithy overview: Blue Vervain is a lovely lovely bitter nervine that is especially suited to folks dealing with anxiety of the high-strung, self-critical, perfectionist sort.  It is a neurotrophorestorative, meaning that it simultaneously repairs damage to the nervous system and tones and strengthens it (rare among medicines/single herbs).  Additional properties include aiding digestion and soothing coughs.  Also it has a very pretty flower!

Berries of Mountain Gardens
(unfortunately the strawberries didn’t make it to the photoshoot)
Wineberries and cherries and tree mulberries still to come!

Angelica dahurica

Angelica dahurica

GoldensealHydrastis canadensis

Goldenseal
Hydrastis canadensis

First home brew of the season—and the first beer I’ve made actually using malt and hops and stuff!

First home brew of the season—and the first beer I’ve made actually using malt and hops and stuff!

Another mystery plant.  Asafoetida relative?

Another mystery plant.  Asafoetida relative?

Baffling flower of the day award goes to whatever in the world this thing is.    The leaves kind of seemed geranium-ish??

Baffling flower of the day award goes to whatever in the world this thing is.    The leaves kind of seemed geranium-ish??