Hawthorn

Hearts and love. The two go hand in hand. We post heart emojis on social media to say, “I love you,” and send Valentines covered in hearts to our beloved. February is the month when we celebrate love, but it’s also National Heart Health Month. So, what better time to talk…

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Horseradish

Horseradish, a member of the cruciferous family, has been used throughout the centuries as an herbal remedy for sinus problems, colds, and flu. However, new studies are confirming that horseradish could also protect against cancer. Maybe it’s time to take another look at this under appreciated herb. Although all parts…

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Creamy Garlic Soup

This soup will knock out a cold in no time! But beware–your breath might knock out your partner, too. 🙂 Actually, the soup tastes great, and it’s my go-to food when I’m dragging around from a cold or flu. Speaking of the flu, doesn’t it seem that EVERY year is called…

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Parsley

Parsley is one of the easiest herbs to grow, and one of the handiest to have around at all times. Growing up, we adorned our plates with parsley and called them “gourmet” meals. However, humans aren’t the only ones who fancy this herb. The Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterfly lays eggs…

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Calendula

Do you have any of these growing in your garden? Calendula (calendula officinalis) is the common flower we call calendula or pot marigold, but it should not be confused with decorative marigolds (genus, tagetes) that you often find in summer gardens. As you can see, their appearance is not the…

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Hibiscus

In the Victoria language of flowers, hibiscus symbolizes “Delicate Beauty.” So,  if you want to tell someone you think they are delicately beautiful (like my lovely daughter in this photo) give her a hibiscus plant. Hibiscus flowers come in many colors, but it is the dark pink or deep magenta…

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