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Magical May in our Gardens
5/12/2010 11:58:00 AM


The month of May in our gardens is beautiful. The leaves and grasses are bright green, the temperature is just perfect for working and many plants come to flower, including my favorite, the iris (iris germanica). Its root extract is the most important ingredient in our Iris Facial Care. The color and shape of this flower, pictured below, are fascinating to me. I paint it and take photographs of it so that I can enjoy it all year long.

Did you know that the common peony (paeonie officinale) has been used since ancient times for medicinal purposes? We cultivate it on a large scale. It flowers in May and you can imagine how beautiful it is. The picture here shows the flower shortly before it opens.

May is also the month of planting and seeding, because finally the soil is dry enough for working properly and the temperature is warm enough that more sensitive plants can grow.  We plant borage in May. It’s not a sensitive plant, to say the least—its seeds and young plants have such a strong life force that we can seed them directly into the field and they grow easily. We harvest borage leaves to use in a cream for skin problems that is currently sold here in Germany. After we harvest them, the plants grow again and show off their fascinating flowers. They create a beautiful “feeding place” for insects, and they flower all through the summer, until late fall. Amazing! Here's a picture:

We have a lot of English plantain (plantago lanceolata) everywhere in the meadows around the gardens. We seed it into the fields, but its vitality and 100-percent adaptation to the place shows that it likes it here, as you can see in the picture below. We harvest its leaves for some of our medicines, but the seeds can be used like psyllium seeds, as a source of fiber.

Now you know why I think May is perhaps the best time to visit our gardens! But enough about me! Tell us what you are planting and seeding in your gardens this month! We’d love to hear from you!

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