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Can You Say "Alice Advocates Alluring Alliums"?

Jessica Morgan, M.H.

Alice advocates alluring alliums, and so do I!

Well, it's that time year; time to start planting those Alliums, like onions, chives, garlic, shallots and leeks. Did you know Allium, the onion genus, has over 700 species, making it one of the largest plant genera in the world.

I love planting alliums for their flowers as well as their bulb vegetable. They are amazing specimen plants in the garden, and if you don't mind the smell, these umbel shaped blooms might become one of your favorite flowers too. Whether fresh-cut or dried, they are a favorite of flower arrangers as well. Alliums come in so many different colors from, pinks, yellows and whites, to blues and purples.

There are so many Alliums highly recommended for decorative purposes, so why not enjoy their unique blossoms and fragrance in the garden as well as grow them for food. These bulbs are among the easiest of all vegetables to grow and most of them store well, so it is not difficult to maintain a year-around supply.

 

But, some of my favorites Alliums grown for their flowers include:

Blue of the Heavens (Allium azureum) for its small summer blossoms in the purest cornflower blue.

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) for their short, fluffy, pinkish-lavender blossoms and edible use.

Ornamental Onion ( Allium giganteum) which can reach 4 feet with very large violet balls highly prized in the bouquet.

Lily Leek (Allium moly) for the half-shady garden, its foot high spring yellowy-gold umble flowers can't be beat.

Blue Globe (Allium caerueum) for its production dense clusters of bright blue flowerheads up to 1 inch wide.

Daffodil Garlic (Allium neapolitanum) this heirloom has been grown since the 1800's for its fragrant smell and purest white globes.

So try growing some of these "Flowering Onions", because they are exotic, unique and great fun. 


As always, please email any questions to herbalist@morganbotanicals.com.

Copyright 2010. All rights reserved. Jessica Morgan, M. H., Morgan Botanicals.

Disclaimer - The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information in this article for self-diagnosis or to replace any prescriptive medication. You should consult with a health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem, suffer from allergies, are pregnant or nursing.

Jessica Morgan, M.H.

 
 

Do These Pants Make My Rosehips Look Big?

Jessica Morgan, M.H.

Rosehips are a wonderful food and vitamin source.  Historically, Native Americans used rosehips in their stews and soups after using them for tea. I enjoy using them to make jams, jellies, marmalade's and wine, as well as a delicious tea. 

This nutrient rich herb boosts your health and helps shed pounds in so many ways. As a tea and wine, rosehips strengthen the body, reinforce digestive function, help flush the kidneys and urinary tract, plus stimulate the appetite and increase blood flow and circulation.

I find Rosehip tea to be deliciously tart, refreshing and yummy, plus I love that they contain vitamins A, B, C, E and K, pectin and organic acids. Pectin has the amazing ability to bind waste in our intestines; bonding with fats and cholesterol before they can be absorbed into the blood, aiding in removal of unwanted fats from the body. Rosehips can help lower cholesterol and gently regulate elimination. This gentle diuretic also helps the body eliminate accumulations of water in the tissues.  How can you go wrong?

So let us stop worrying about how our hips look in jeans, and just enjoy our rosehips!

For Yummy Tea: Simmer 4 tablespoons of rosehips for 30 minutes in 1 quart of water and strain. Drink 2 cups of the tea daily.

For Yummy Wine: Steep 3 1/2 ounces of dried rose hips in 1 quart of strong, dry red wine for 2 weeks. Filter the wine. Drink 2 small glasses per day.

As always, please email any questions to herbalist@morganbotanicals.com.

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Copyright 2010. All rights reserved. Jessica Morgan, M. H., Morgan Botanicals.

Disclaimer - The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information in this article for self-diagnosis or to replace any prescriptive medication. You should consult with a health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem, suffer from allergies, are pregnant or nursing.

Jessica Morgan, M.H.

 

 

 
 

My Tree Spirits: Bruce, Abner, and Ralph

Jessica Morgan, M.H.

Amongst our yard live three of the strongest souls I know: My tree spirits, Bruce, Abner, and Ralph.

Our trees live in what is called "The Avenue of Faces" which is a row of several dozen carved trees and stumps in and across the street from City Park in Tehachapi. However these faces show up all over town hidden here and there. They're at the lake, tucked into peoples yards and gardens, all over the parks, and peeking out where you'd least expect them.

All of these are the work of local artist Kent Holmgren. He's been sculpting wood with chainsaws for over twenty years. These sculpted trees are also known as "tree spirits" and every tree's face is unique. Our tree faces are over six feet long and watch over our garden, it's just amazing.

I have to admit that beyond the amazing location of our little home, and even the land, it was the trees that convinced my husband and I to buy our house. Everyday I go outside and wave hi or pat their hairy chins. Abner never smiles, but I know he likes the attention anyway.

Take a little peek at our friends, they wanted to say hi.


As always, please email any questions to herbalist@morganbotanicals.com.

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Copyright 2010. All rights reserved. Jessica Morgan, M. H., Morgan Botanicals.

Disclaimer - The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information in this article for self-diagnosis or to replace any prescriptive medication. You should consult with a health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem, suffer from allergies, are pregnant or nursing.

Jessica Morgan, M.H.

 

 
 
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