Do you harvest your Bamboo or complain that it is invasive?

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP:  This post may contain Affiliate Links for your convenience, thank you in advance for your support!  Renee

Arrggg, I am starting to get annoyed at hearing opinions about plants being invasive and the frustration one feels at the natural characteristics of the plants to grow!  Now with an increased focus of  exploring the benefits of the plants growing right in our own gardens, when I hear this type of statement, I change it in my mind to, “I am not harvesting this plant and letting it overgrow.”  Imagine blaming a plant for growing!  

One of the plants that I hear this comment the most about is Bamboo.  Bamboo is one of the most versatile plants on the planet and it cleans our atmosphere at an alarming high rate.  It is time to love your bamboo! 

My love affair with bamboo began when I recognized that it was a calming influence for me.  Whether it was the appearance of the stalks and leaves, or its rustling sound in the wind, a peaceful settling was immediate.  After growing this plant for sometime now even a picture of it has the same calming experience.

It took five years for it to fill in along a fence line where I had planted it.  It adds privacy between the sidewalk and our backyard.  It keeps the dust blown up by the cars that travel behind the fence  down and it muffles the sound of cars.  It is our white noise!

I began harvesting the leaves to explore infusions and teas. It is wonderful to use in one’s hair, bath and to soak finger and toe nails.  I learned how to process the leaves to create a tea.  By the photos below you can view how a yin backyard became a yang experience!

 

 

This year the stalks have exploded!  I have increased the harvesting of the leaves and begun harvesting the stalks.

Enjoying the learning experience of how to use bamboo, I’ve dyed material, made paper and recently used it to soak the metal dishes that sit under the electric stove elements. Silica is used to clean metal and bamboo has a high content of silica!

 

 

I have begun cutting the long stalks to learn how to dry bamboo to create a privacy screen in my office and stalks for the garden.  I have been given some fat bamboo stalks that I will cut up into a short Zen type fence!  Pictures to follow!


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What’s in the box today?

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP:  This post may contain Affiliate Links, thank you in advance for your support!  Renee

‘2017’s’ second batch of infusions!

Health, Wellness & Beauty


 

 

Oils

Tinctures

  • Self Heal Flowers, Leaves & Roots
  • Lavender Flowers
  • Hollyhock Flowers
  • Bamboo
  • Mullein

Vinegar

  • Lavender

There isn’t anything to compare using your own products that you have spent time developing a relationship with too.  Whether you grow you own plant materials, trade with your neighbour, forage or purchase dried plant materials the time with the infusion is invaluable for viewing the beauty unfolding and developing appreciation.

Imagine taking a medicinal, or supplementing your wellness regimen, massaging with your own oils, cooking and creating your own beauty items; soaps, creams, salves, shampoo’s, with  products that you have developed a close connection with!  Your wonder and appreciation will be the gift of added energy to the recipes you create.  Let the healing begin!


Make your own:


Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.

Berries, Edible Flowers, Medicinal Garden Plants, Trees, Veggies & Weeds for your Healing Garden

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

Renee has been gardening in the Greater Victoria area on Vancouver Island since 1991 with a focus of growing edible and medicinal herbs. In 1994 she began foraging for seeds, leaves and flowers in addition to gardening  and making home-made soaps, teas, infusions.  After having babies, her interest expanded  to include organically grown food,  and together with  her partner, opened an organic wholesale dried food company that included flours, rices, beans, spices, etc.

Below is a list of garden plants that she has had in her various gardens and foraged in the Greater Victoria area to use as a source of food, for tea and medicinal remedies, or in creating oils, hair and skin products.

The three areas in the Greater Victoria Communities she has gardened are:  James Bay, Oak Bay & Oakland’s.  In James Bay her gardening were the seeds to transforming a community, while in Oak Bay the focus was on healing and sustainability and in Oakland’s what began as relocating some treasured plants became a study and integration of the plants growing in the immediate surroundings.

The overall 26 year Greater Victoria gardening experience reflects the pathway of a centering pathway she uses to support inner-connection and mindfulness, the Labyrinth.  In a Labyrinth you are guided to walk spiraling inward to a center point from which you then walk out renewed with a deepened connection to life!  Gardening is a similar in that it is a transitional journey inward to a deeper connection with nature.  .

Learning about the qualities of each plant outside her door has led to a transition from the job of landscaping and tasks of gardening to being apart of the garden, co-creating and listening to the sounds and senses of nature itself.  Slowly transitioning health and body care products from the landscape to ones that she can ingest as a food source or drink as a flavoured water or tea, no longer buying soaps, toothpaste, creams and shampoo.  Doing so is an investment in nature with a deeper a deeper respect and appreciation.   In her opinion it is a  new form of activism – inner activism, from the inside out balancing, nature, body and mind!

Enjoy this list and remember that plants can be used as focus points for balance and inspiration in your personal healing garden, relationship garden or  community gardens!

Edible

Edible

Mortar

Medicinal

tea kettle

Tea/Infusion

Dye

Dye Plant

deer

Unfriendly for Deer


Berries


Blueberry

EdibleMortartea kettleDye

Blueberries

Blueberries – Berries & Leaves

Seasonal  Perennial – Bush
Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)

Currants

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

Currents

Currents:  Berries &  Leaves

Seasonal  Perennial – Bush
Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)

Goji Berry

EdibleMortartea kettle

Goji Berryies

Goji:  Berries,  Early Shoots & Leaves

Seasonal  Perennial – Vine

Buy Canadian Black Goji Berry Seeds

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Raspberry

EdibleMortartea kettleDye

Raspberries

Raspberries:  Berries & Leaves

Seasonal Perennial  – Bush
Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)

Edible  & Medicinal Flowers


Alyssum

EdibleMortardeer

by Renee Lindstrom

Alyssum:  Flowers & Leaves

Meaning:  ‘Sweetness of soul and worth beyond beauty’

Annual

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Asiatics Lily

EdibleMortarDye

SAMSUNG

Lily:  Bulbs

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Black Eyed Susan Vine

EdibleMortardeer

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Black Eyed Susan:  Flowers & Leaves

Annual Vine
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Black Eyed Susan Flowers

Mortartea kettleDyedeer

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Black Eyed Susan:  Leaves, Roots

Seasonal Biennial – Flowers 2nd Year

Buy Canadian Black Eyed Susan Seeds

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Borage

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

by Renee Lindstrom

Borage:  Flowers,  Leaves & Roots

Annual – Self Seeding – full Sun to part shade

Buy Canadian Borage Seeds

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Butterbur

EdibleMortardeer

by Renee Lindstrom

Butterbur:  Flowers, Leaves, Roots

Seasonal –  Tubers Fast Spreading (Invasive)

Buy Canadian Butterbur Seeds

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Butter Fly Pea  (← click to read more)

EdibleMortartea kettleDye

by Renee Lindstrom

Rich Royal Blue Butterfly Pea Flowers: Flowers

Annual – Vine
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Calendula

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

by Renee Lindstrom

Calendula Flowers:  Flowers

    Annual – Self Seeding

Buy Canadian Calendula Seeds

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Chinese Lanterns

EdibleMortardeer

 

Chinese Lantern:  Berries (only when ripe)

Seasonal Perennial

Buy Canadian Chinese Lantern Seeds

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Columbine

EdibleMortartea kettledeer

 

Columbine:  Flowers, Leaves, Roots & Seeds

Seasonal Perennial

Buy Canadian Columbine Seeds

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Creeping Jenny

EdibleMortartea kettledeer

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Creeping Jenny (yellow):  Flowers & Leaves

Seasonal  Perennial – Ground Cover – Fast Spreading 

Leaves – emerge Mid- March

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Crocsmia

EdibleMortarDyedeer

Renee's Oakland garden

Crocsmia:   Flowers  (Poor  Man’s Saffron)

 Seasonal –  Bulb – Fast Speading

Leaves – emerge Late March

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Daisy – English

EdibleMortartea kettledeer

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English Daisy

Seasonal

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Daisy – Shasta  (← click to read more)

EdibleMortartea kettledeer

Daisies

Shasta Daisies

Seasonal

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Dianthus

EdibleMortartea kettle

2015-06-04 18.45.30

Dianthus

Seasonal –  Annual, Perennial in Warmer Climates

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Day Lily

EdibleMortartea kettleDye

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Daylily:  Flower, Leaves & Bulb

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)

Echinacea

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

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Echinacea:  Flowers, Leaves, Stem & Root

Seasonal Perennial

Buy Canadian Echinacea Seeds

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Feverfew (← click to read more)

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

Feverfew

Feverfew:  Flowers, Leaves

Seasonal Perennial – (Evergreen in warmer climates)

Buy Canadian Feverfew Plants

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Forget Me Not’s (← click to read more)

EdibleMortartea kettledeer

DSC_0873

Forget Me Not’s: Flowers & Leaves

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Flowers

Bi-annual – Self Seeding 

New growth appears in late summer & fall for next years flowers 

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Fushia (← click to read more)

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

Fushia - Double Otto

Fushia – Double Otto:  Flowers

Seasonal Perennial
Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Gladiolus

Edible

by renee Lindstrom

Gladiolus:  Flowers

Seasonal Perennial – Bulb
Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Gumweed

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

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Pacific North West Gumweed:  Flowers

Seasonal – Foraging
Foraging:  Along the Pacific Ocean

Buy Canadian Gumweed Plant Seeds


Hens ‘n Chicks (← click to read more)

EdibleMortar

pic by Renee Lindstrom

Hens n’ Chicks:  Leaves

Evergreen
Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Hollyhock (← click to read more)

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

by Renee Lindstrom

Hollyhocks:  Flowers & Leaves

Seasonal Perennial

Leaves Emerge – end of March

Buy Canadian Hollyhock Seeds

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Honesty Plant

Edible

Honesty/Silver Dollar Plant:  Flowers, Leaves & Roots

Biennial – Self Seeding

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Hosta (← click to read more)

EdibleMortar

by Renee Lindstrom

Hosta Edible:   Leaves

Seasonal Perennial 
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Ladies Mantle

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

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Ladies Mantle:  Flowers, Leave & Roots

Seasonal Perennial 

Leaves emerge Mid-March

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Lavender

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

by Renee Lindstrom

Lavender Leaves, Flowers & Seeds

Seasonal Perennial

Leaves Emerge Beginning of March

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Marigold

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

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Marigold

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Nasturtium

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

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Nasturtium:  Flowers

Annual 
Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Oxalis

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

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Oxalis:  Bulbs, Flowers & Leaves

Seasonal Perennial  – Spreading Ground Cover

Leaves – New Growth End of March

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Pansy

EdibleMortartea kettleDye

Pansy - Renee's Oakland Garden

Pansy:  Flowers

Evergreen Perennial
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Peony

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

Peony - Renee's Oakland Garden

Peony:  Flowers

Seasonal – Tubers

Sprouts – emerge End of March

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Polyanthus

EdibleMortartea kettleDye

DSC_0891

Polyanthus:  Flowers,  Leaves & Roots

Seasonal Perennial 

Flowers – emerge first before leaves, beginning of March

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Saint John’s Wort (Landscaping variety)

Dyedeer

Saint John's Wort, Rose of Sharon

Saint John’s Wort, Rose of Sharon : Flowers

Evergreen Perennial
Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Sand Strawberry

EdibleMortartea kettle

Fragaria chiloensis.jpg

Sand Strawberry:  Flowers & Leaves

Evergreen  Perennial – Spreading Groundcover
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Shasta Daisy  (← click to read more)

EdibleMortartea kettledeer

Daisy

Shasta Daisy:   Flowers

Seasonal – Perennial
Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Snap Dragons

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

Snapdragon - Renee's Oakland Garden

Snapdragon: Flowers

Seasonal – Self Seeding Perennial 

Leaves – emerge Late March

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Sunflower

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

Sunflower - Renee's Oakland Garden

Sunflower:   Flowers, Leaves, Seeds & Stalk

Annual – Seed
Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Tickseed

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

Coreopsis tinctoria

Tickseed:  Flowers

Seasonal Perennial
Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Malva (Mallow)

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

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Annual – Seeds self spreading & invasive

Leaves – emerge Early March

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Smallwort

MortarDye

DSC_0983

Smallwort/Pilewort/Fig Buttercup:  Flowers, Leaves & Tubers

Seasonal – Disappears after flowering (considered invasive)

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Wild Violets

EdibleMortartea kettleDye

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Wild violet:  Flowers & Leaves

Seasonal (considered a grass weed)


Flowers  & Plants – Not Edible


Azalea

 Not EdibleMortar

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Azalea Bush

Seasonal Perennial 

Buds – emerge before Leaves –  Mid-March

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Bergenia (Cordifolia)

Not EdibleMortardeer

Evergreen 

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Bittersweet  Nightshade Vine

Not EdibleMortarDye

Bittersweet Nightshade Vine

Seasonal – Invasive

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Bleeding Heart

Not EdibleMortardeer

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Bleeding Heart:  Roots

Seasonal – Perennial 
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Bluebells

 

Seasonal – Bulbs

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Calla Lily

Not EdibleMortarDye

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Calla Lilly

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Comfrey

 Not EdibleMortar

Comfrey

Comfrey

Seasonal – Perennial 
Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Crocus  Not Edible

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Crocus

Seasonal – Perennial – Bulb

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Daffodil  Not Edible

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Daffodil

Seasonal – Perennial – Bulb

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Grape Hyacinth (← click to read more)

Not Edible MortarDye

Grape Hyacinth

Seasonal – Perennial, Bulb

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Lupin

 Not EdibleMortar

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Lupin:  Flower & Leaves NOT EDIBLE (Beans in Seeds Pods can be cooked carefully and eaten)

Seasonal Perennial

Leaves – emerge Late March

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Oakleaf Hydrangea

 Not EdibleMortar

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Oakleaf Hydrangea:  Roots, NOT

Seasonal Perennial 
Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Iris

 Not EdibleMortar

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Iris

Seasonal – Tuber
Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Ivy

 Not EdibleMortar

2017-02-19 15.45.46

English Ivy

Seasonal – Evergreen – Invasive
Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Fire Glow Euphorbia

Not EdibleMortarDye

Fireglow

Seasonal Perennial – Root Spreading

Renee's: 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Foxglove

Not EdibleMortarDyedeer

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Foxglove

Seasonal – Two year span

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Grasses


Bamboo (← click to read more)

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Bamboo

Bamboo

Evergreen
Renee's:
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Black Bamboo

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Renee's:
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Lemon Grass

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Renee's:
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Ribbon Grass

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Seasonal – Spreading

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Herbs


Angelica

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Angelica:  Flowers, Leaves & Stems

Seasonal Bi-ennial – Leaves emerge Mid-March
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

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Basil

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Basil – Bug Repellent, Edible

annual – full sun

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Buy Canadian Basil Seeds & Plants


Bergamont

Buy Canadian Bergamont Seeds & Plants


Celery

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Celery - Renee's Oakland Garden

Celery – Edible

Re-grown from Celery Hards in Spring 

Leaves and stocks until late fall 

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Buy Canadian Celery Leaf


Fennel (← click to read more)

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Fennel - Renee's Oakland Garden

Fennel:  Florets, Seeds & Stems

 perennial – full sun

Seasonal Perennial & Invasive Self Seeding

Fronds – emerge Early March

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Garlic

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Root Growth of Garlic Cloves

Root Growth of Garlic Cloves


Ginger

EdibleMortartea kettle


Lemon Balm

EdibleMortartea kettle

perennial – full sun to part shade

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

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Mint

EdibleMortartea kettle

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Mint:  Leaves

Seasonal Perennial – Invasive Spreading – full sun to part shade

Leaves – emerge Late March

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Oregano

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Oregano:  Leaves & flowers

Seasonal Perennial – Evergreen in Warmer Climates – full sun to part shade

Leaves – emerge Late March

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Parsley  (← click to read more)

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Parsley:  Leaves & Roots

Evergreen in #yyj – part shade
Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Rosemary  (← click to read more)

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Rosemary - Renee's Garden

Rosemary:  Flowers, Leaves & Roots

Evergreen – full sun

Flowers – Winter & Spring

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Savory

Edible


Stevia


Rue


Turmeric


Thyme

Thyme – Edible, Medicinal Remedies, Oils

Seasonal Perennial – full sun

Leaves – emerge Late March

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Yarrow

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pic by Renee Lindstrom

Yarrow:  Rosets & Fronds

Seasonal Perennial

Fronds – emerge End of March

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Native Plants to Pacific Northwest


Fern

Edible

Fern - Renee's Oakland Garden

Fern – Edible:  New Shoots

Evergreen
Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Oregon Grape (← click to read more)

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Oregon Grape:  Flowers, Leaves, Roots  & Berries

Evergreen – Drought Resistant
Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Nooka Roses

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Nookta Rose:   Petals

Seasonal Perennial – Drought Resistant – Attracts Hummingbirds, Butterfly’s, Bees
Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
Foraging in Greater Victoria Communities

Red Current

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Pacific North-West Native Red Current

Red Current – Native to Pacific Northwest

Seasonal Perennial – Drought Resistant – Attracts Hummingbirds, Butterfly’s, Bees

Leaves – emerge Early March, Flowers – emerge Mid/Late March

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Shrubs


Butter Fly Bush (Buddleia davidii) (← click to read more)

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by Renee Lindstrom

Butterfly Tree

Seasonal

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Forsythia (← click to read more)

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Forsyhia - easy starter

Forsythia:  Flowers

Seasonal
Renee's: 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Traditional Rose

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Nootka Rose:  Petals

Seasonal
Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Trees


Bay Tree (← click to read more)

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Bay Leaf

Bay Leaf:  Leaves

Evergreen
Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Buy Canadian Bay Seeds & Plants


Cotoneaster Coral Berry

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Cotoneaster Coral Berry

Evergreen

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Camellia

pic by Renee Lindstrom

Camellia :  Flowers & Leaves

Evergreen
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Gingko (← click to read more)

Ginkgo from Renee's Oakland Garden

Ginkgo:  Leaves & Nuts

Seasonal
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Fig Tree

Edible

019

Seasonal 

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)

Laburnum

Not Edible

Seasonal

The flowers mean forsaken, pensive beauty

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Privet (← click to read more)

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Privet

Evergreen

Renee's: 
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Tea Tree (← click to read more)

tea Tree - Renee's Oakland Garden

Tea Tree

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology

Weeds


Black Medic (← click to read more)

Edible

Black Medic from Renee's Oakland Garden

Black Medic

Annual – Self Seeding
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Chickweed

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pic by Renee Lidnstrom

Chickweed:  Flowers & Leaves

Annual  – Self Seeding
Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Buy Canadian Chickweed Seeds


Cleaver

Edible

Cleavers:  Leaves

Seasonal

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Dandelion (← click to read more)

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by Renee Lindstrom

Dandelion: Flowers, Leaves & Roots

Seasonal

Buy Canadian Dandelion Seeds

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

English Daisy

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English Daisy - Bellis perennis

Wild & Tame English Daisy:  Flowers, Leaves & Roots

Seasonal Perennial 
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Hairy Bitter-cress

Edible

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Bitter-cress

Annual – Self Seeding (Warm Climates – Evergreen)
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Herb Robert

Edible

Buy Canadian Herb Robert Seeds


Mullein (← click to read more)

by Renee Lindstrom

Mullein:  Flowers, Leaves & Roots

Mullein flowers 2nd year & then dries up
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Buy Canadian Mullein Seeds


Plantain

EdibleMortartea kettle

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Purple Dead Nettle

Edible

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Purple Dead Nettle

Seasonal
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Purple Goats Beard (Root is called Salsify)

Edible

Purple Goats Beard or Salisy   Roots, Flowers & Shoots

Seasonal – Self Seeding

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Self Heal Herbs

Edible

Self Heal Herbs

Self Heal Herbs

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Yellow Dock (← click to read more)

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Narrow Leaf Yellow Dock in Renee's Oakland Garden

Narrow Leaf Yellow Dock

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Veggies


Edible

Artichoke

SAMSUNG

Artichoke

Arugula

Annual – full Sun to part shade

Asparagus

Beans

Beets

Yellow Beet

Yellow Beet regrowing from top

Cabbage

Cabbage - Renee's Oakland Garden

Cabbage –

Carrots

Cucumber

Egg Plant

Kale

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Kale – Overwintered 2nd year

biennial – part shade

Leaks

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Leeks – Over Wintered

Lettuce

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Lettuce grew all Winter!

annual – part sun

Mustard

Onions

Peas

Peppers

Potatoes

Pumpkins

Spinach

Squash

Swiss Chard

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Swiss Chard – Overwintered – 2nd Year

biennial – part shade

Tomatoes

Zucchini


Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.


Bamboo

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP:  This post may contain Affiliate Links for your convenience, thank you in advance for your support!  Renee

 

In 2012 my son and I received an offer to come by a clients and dig up some bamboo that was invading their driveway.  After planting it the shoots all died back and I wondered if bamboo would ever grow.  For two years it sat idle and it wasn’t until the third season it began to grow.  It grew quickly and by the fourth it was filling in the spaces between plants. Now it is hardy with a steady growth of new stocks and leaves. It is strong and flexible.

Bamboo is the a fast growing woody plant that is considered a grass in the true grass family Poaceae.  This family has over 10,000 species native to Asia and imported to North America as a decorative plant for landscaping.

Making Tea with Bamboo Leaves

There are a number of different types of bamboo leaves used for commercial  tea processing.  The Indocalamus Longiauritu pictured above is the bamboo that I have growing in my garden.

I have discovered the leaves of the Indocalamus Longiauritu were in a Chinese scientific study that suggests it has comparable components, biological activity and effective qualities to ginkgo leaves. The extract of the leaves was shown to have excellent resistance to radical, anti-oxidation, anti-aging, lowering of blood lipid and micro-circulation of blood cholesterol, dilated capillaries, clearing up, activation of the brain and memory, improve sleep, fight cancer, and had an effect of  beautifying the skin.

These bamboo leaves contain a lot of flavone and lactone, chlorophyll, amino acids, polysaccharides, vitamins, trace elements and other nutrients.  Active ingredients found are flavonoids compounds, biologically active polysaccharides and other phenolic acid derivatives, Anthraquinone compounds, amino acids and terpene Lactone, special active peptides, manganese, zinc, selenium and other trace elements.

They found it could efficiently regulate body fat, and has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, improve immunity function.

In North America the Tea wholesalers suggest that Bamboo Leaf Tea has 10 times the amount of vegetable silica than horsetail.  Horsetail has 5-8% vegetable silica versus the bamboo plant which is made up of 70% silica.  Vegetable silica helps to fix calcium, so that the body can store more of this mineral and then use it to repair bones, collagen and other body tissues.  Silica is water-soluble and so it is highest in the tea.  If the body doesn’t use the silica it flushes it  out of the body.  Therefore drinking tea through the day is recommended.

A high silica content has shown to cut hair loss, increase growth and improve vitality.

Steps for preparing Bamboo leaves for Tea

  1. Pick new bamboo leaves
  2. Wash & drain leaves
  3. Dry fry in a pan until leaves start to turn brown

Preparing Bamboo Tea

  1. Gently bring dried bamboo leaves to a boil
  2. Reduce after a few minutes and steep to taste.

If you don’t have bamboo in your garden, get tea here:

Bamboo Leaf Tea

30 Day Bamboo Leaf Tea Challenge


Bamboo as a Medicinal

Bamboo leaves have been used in Chinese medicine for hundreds of years and in the Indian Ayurveda.  They have used  the Bamboo leaf extract and tea for detoxification of the body, to aid in digestion, in the treatment of blood diseases and inflammation, for protection against cancer and for improving sleep quality.

Bamboo is considered sweet, cooling, diuretic, febrifuge, expectorant and controls vomiting, stems bleeding and has been used for bacterial infections.


 

Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.