Chestnut Herbal School

The greening

our neighborhood farmers' precious daughter

our neighborhood farmers' precious daughter

My excitement for springtime is punctuated with the hurriedness of the tending - our nursery, school and gardens. Anyone tied to the land in the northern temperate world knows this springtime reality. And yet it is such a juicy time. In between my thirteen hour work days, I have the wonderful opportunity to get out and witness the beauty of all things fresh and renewed; I hope you enjoy these little snippets of the gems I found in the greening. Click on the horizontal photos if you want to see them grow larger. And leave a message if you feel inspired, I love hearing from you!


morel mushroom, yummm

A bonnet fashioned from fallen rock tripe lichen


Wild Turnip (Brassica rapa) field in our valley

Foamflower, Tiarella cordifolia, Saxifragaceae

Wild Geranium, Geranium maculatum, Geraniaceae

White Oak leaves emerging, Quercus alba, Fagaceae

burdock harvest (Arctium minus)


Magnolia buds, Magnolia x soulangeana, Magnoliaceae

Look for Part 2 of the greening later this week, and I hope you all are getting out as much as possible to witness the beauty and excitement of the season.




12 thoughts on “The greening

  1. Juliet,
    The Foamflower photo is just absolutely stunning! It made me notice some things about the flower that I hadn’t before.
    I also love the Wild Geranium one!

  2. Bonnie Sharkey says:

    Juliet, your photos are gorgeous and convey such warmth! I can never thank you enough for the amazing education you gave me, and how much it inspires me every single day!

  3. Que liiiiiiinnnnddaaa las fotos!
    AMIGA MIA, your posts and your pictures are incredibly inspiring, and have my heart exploding with the thought of returning back to appalachia so soon. I love and miss you dearly, I have dreams on hiking with you sometime in the near future. xoxoxoxoxo see you soon, i arrive in atlanta thursday afternoon xo

  4. Kelan melon says:

    What treasures! I was out on a walk off of route 9 with Oliver and he lead me to a bog filled with giant tadpoles! I have never seen these before they were fatter than quarters and starting with their legs and still had their tails. What a delight! Oliver even threw his sun hat in so I was required to wade around with them.

  5. Absolutely gorgeous!!!

    I always look forward to seeing your posts–they are so awesome. They also help me with my own plant id’s–I use your excellent photos as an additional resource. Thanks!


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