Interesting Facts About Peonies – Edible, Medicinal, Beautiful and Smart!

Peonies are really smart plants. It’s true! They secrete a sticky substance to attract ants. This is their built in defense against damaging pests. The ants attack the pests and lick up all the sticky sweet secretions – everyone wins! Peonies can also live up to 100 years – which is quite a long life […]

Foraging for Fiddleheads: How To Identify, Harvest, Cook & Preserve Ostrich fern

In early spring foragers across the Northern Hemisphere head out to their favourite spots to collect the highly revered delicacy known as’fiddleheads’. Named for its spiralled shape resembling the scroll of a violin, fiddleheads are the curled, edible shoots of the Ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) – struthio meaning ostrich and pterion meaning wing. They are […]

Exploring Wild Plants in Atlantic Canada (And Beyond)

Studying & documenting local wild edible plants throughout the changing seasons is a great way to to advance both your foraging and your gardening skills. For most people you don’t have to wander far to find these wild treasures. Many common garden “weeds” such as dandelion, chickweed, and purslane are nutrient rich botanical ingredients. Our […]

Harvesting Dandelions: Superfood for the Skin

Wild plants provides complex and fresh benefits that are all too often overlooked. Many also come with a myriad of skin loving benefits. Today I want to tell you about why a golden field in the spring is something to be rejoiced about, how you can incorporate dandelion into your lifestyle and why we spend […]

Skin Nourishing Pine: Celebrating Yuletide & Winter Solstice

Yule, is when the dark half of the year relinquishes to the light half. Starting the next morning at sunrise, the sun climbs just a little higher and stays a little longer in the sky each day. Known as Solstice Night, or the longest night of the year, much celebration was to be had as […]

Lavender A Brief History, Aromatic & Medicinal Benefits

To make a perfume, take some rose water and wash your hands in it, then take a lavender flower and rub it with your palms, and you will achieve the desired effect ~ Leonardo da Vinci Each time I send a parcel to someone I love, I tuck a sprig of lavender inside the box. […]