Written and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor
Buds succulent and inflated with sunlight’s promise,
the singular hope
of visiting wings and careless brushes,
golden dust whispering future life,
carrying the stories of those who came before,
Nestled in glandular secretions
sweet stigmatic respite
Penetrating pollen tube
and finally, the raveling of new life
faith embedded in a seed
A public service announcement from the Daylily commission:
“Let them live, they only bloom for a day, people. Eating Daylilies results in unrequited pollen, lonely stigmas, hollow ovules and crushed dreams .”
Meet The Green Mastermind Behind Blog Castanea:
JULIET BLANKESPOOR founded the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine in 2007 and serves as the school’s primary instructor and Creative Director. She's been a professional plant-human matchmaker for close to three decades. Juliet caught the plant bug when she was nineteen and went on to earn a degree in Botany. She's owned just about every type of herbal business you can imagine: an herbal nursery, a medicinal products business, a clinical practice, and now, an herbal school.
These days, she channels her botanical obsession with her writing and photography in her online programs and here on her personal blog, Castanea. She's writing her first book: Cultivating Medicinal Herbs: Grow, Harvest, and Prepare Handcrafted Remedies from Your Home Garden. Juliet and her houseplants share a home with her family and herb books in Asheville, North Carolina.
Learn more about cultivation, identification, and uses for medicinal herbs in our 1,000-hour Herbal Immersion Program, which is the most comprehensive handcrafted online herbal course out there.