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Summertime and the Garden is Busy
8/18/2009 12:19:22 AM

It’s the month when many people go on holiday, and that's true here in the garden. Many of our gardeners take a little time off to rest and refresh themselves, but there is still plenty of activity in the garden itself. Amazingly, some plants wait until August to flower, such as Eupatorium (bonesets), a plant used as a remedy for the flu, and also the beautiful yellow Solidago virgaurea, or goldenrod as it’s commonly known.

Here are some of the other plants currently flowering in the garden.

The plant Capsicum annuum (chili pepper) is one. It tastes very hot, which makes sense, because when eaten, this plant increases thermogenesis, the body’s heat-producing mechanism.

EuphrasiaTwo years ago, we became the first company to cultivate the cute little plant Euphrasia rostkoviana, previously only collected in the wild. Interestingly, this plant is half-parasite. To get water and nutrients, it connects its roots with those of other plants, generally the kinds that grow in grasslands. In winter, we seed Euphrasia into a meadow in long, thin patches. In the following months our big task is to keep the Euphrasia and the other meadow plants in balance. We use the Euphrasia in our Wild Rose Intensive Eye Cream and our Euphrasia 3x homeopathic eye drops.

Martina MelissaHere's Martina making compost from a plant called Melissa officinalis (lemon balm) – used in Melissengeist for digestive support – for use next year.

Thorn AppleAlthough we're not harvesting Datura stramonium (thorn apple) this year, this is one of the most toxic plants in the garden, with a formidable fruit.

Verbascum ThapsusWe harvest only small amounts of Verbascum thapsus (common mullein) and its unripened fruit, which is slow work. It has a noble appearance in the garden, which might be the reason for its name, which in German means "candle of the king."

BarberryBerberis vulgaris, commonly known as the barberry, is a plant we are very familiar with in the gardens, but it’s not generally popular. Its vitamin C content is comparable to a lemon or orange. The bright-red berries make the barberry stand out. We use it in our Sinus Allergy Formula.

Shade TunnelThe Phyllitis scolopendrium (Hart’s Tongue Fern) is endangered in Germany. It is very important for our medicinal production, so we spend a lot of time caring for it. As a forest plant, it likes a shady and humid habitat, which we worked hard to create. The picture shows one of our four long shade tunnels.

SalixThe last plant I would like to show you this month is the salix (willow plant), of which we have three different species: vitellina, viminalis and alba. This plant contains salicylic acid, the same constituent element as an aspirin tablet. We harvest the leaves and the cortex.

On a final note, my favorite product right now is the Calendula Ointment. I love how it sooths scratches and other small skin irritations.

Stay tuned for my next post coming soon, which will feature the wonderful properties of green manure!

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