Writings

How To Make Goldenrod Tea

How To Make Goldenrod Tea

Late summer is upon us and the road sides are a blaze with this glorious wild flower. Goldenrod (Solidago spp.) blooms from July all the way through to October here in Ontario. This beautiful wildflower grows abundantly all across Canada and can be found along...

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Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Syrup

“The common elderberry is one of the most abundant, most useful, most healthful and yet most neglected of our wild native fruits.” – Euell Gibbons, Stalking The Wild Asparagus

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Water Lily

Water Lily

I'm in the midst of learning a new plant. Water Lily is a native plant which blooms in the daytime, releasing its strong fragrance as it beautifies the marshy areas of our lakes and rivers.     Sparked by a conversation with herbalist Carol Little, I remembered...

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Elder Flower Fizz

Elder Flower Fizz

The Elders are in full bloom here in Lakefield and it is time to make some “Fizz”. Also called Elder Flower Champagne, this delightful drink is simple to make, takes very little time and is one of the prettiest things you'll ever see. The fireflies have made their...

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Sweet Fern

Sweet Fern

In cases of advanced poison ivy, oak or sumac rash, there is no other plant to compare with the trusted effects of Sweet Fern.

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Wild Grape in Flower

Wild Grape in Flower

One beautiful early morning I found myself down by the river. The river calls to me when mornings break, leading me down to its banks where I find solace, a listening ear and more often than not, something extraordinary and new. As I was coming up toward the highbush...

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