The Ecology of Estrogen in the Female Body

–   Text and Photographs by Juliet Blankespoor – Women today live in a very different world than our foremothers. Our female predecessors began menstruating later in life, had more children, breastfed longer, underwent menopause earlier, ate whole foods, and lived in a cleaner environment. Women today have approximately ten times as many menstrual cycles […]

Pink Lady’s Slipper

–   Text and Photographs by Juliet Blankespoor – Lady’s slipper orchids have a commanding presence—their  inflated blooms are captivating to the point of heady swooning and inspiring colorful prose. The etymological root of the word orchid comes from the Greek orchis, meaning testicle. Certain species of orchid bear roots, which resemble paired testes. In […]

Sprung

– Text and Photographs by Juliet Blankespoor Warning: This post is personal and philosophical, and not especially informational. If you were hoping to read about staminodes or involucres, or even how to eat your lawn, you will have to wait until my next post. Spring has arrived in sputters this year: sunshine flirting with frost, […]

Tiger Lilies

Tiger Lilies by Mary Oliver They blew in the wind softly, this way, that way; they were not disappointed when they saw the scissors, rather they braced themselves sweetly and shone with willingness. They were on tall and tender poles, with wheels of leaves. They were soft as the ears of kittens. They felt warm […]

Lavender’s Medicinal and Aromatherapy Uses and Lavender Truffles

There are few scents in this world that evoke the feeling of clean – lavender is one of them. Its common and scientific name originates from lavare, the Latin word for wash or bathe. Lavender was popular as a linen-washing herb in Europe, no doubt due to its pleasant aroma, but it also possesses antiseptic […]