As we near spring, I think of my grandma’s garden or I should say gardens. Within the ranch property, grandma’s house sat in the middle of an acre that was her garden. I thought I would share some of the plants that she grew and what we used them for.
Red Geraniums grew under the kitchen window, grown from cuttings from my great-grandmother’s plants. The geraniums were meant to guard the house from evil. Geraniums are easy to grow, have pretty flowers and stay green when not in bloom. No one would ever guess they were there to protect the house and its occupants from hexes.
Hollyhock stalks with their large water colored flowers, grew in front of the kitchen window across the path from the geraniums. Hollyhocks represent success and when you run a family cattle business, you want all the success you can get. The seeds were tied in a cloth and carried to bring personal success.
A Hawthorn Tree grew at the corner of the house, from the flowers we made a floor wash to get rid of negative energy.
Rabbit’s Ears also know as Lamb’s Ears, grew by the front gate, tucked in with the ornamental plants. This was used on humans and animals alike for bleeding wounds because it absorbs blood like a thick bandage. Tear a leaf open to get to the astringent properties for cuts and scrapes.
Blackberries make great jellies and jams, but we also used them to make cough and cold remedies.
Grapes aid in all types of garden magic.
Mint is always good for an upset tummy and chewing on the leaves helps to get rid of bad breath. Mint was placed on the altar to draw good spirits to aid in our workings.
Spider webs, though not a plant, were very prevalent in the garden. We used spider webs to clot the cuts and scratches we’d get from working in the garden and also in binding a spell.
Chamomile grew wild behind the house. We liked to play cards and checkers, so for a little added luck grandma would rub a little chamomile on her hands. Of course, a relaxing cup of chamomile tea after ranch work was always welcomed.
Elderberry makes great wine and jelly. Grandma made a charm from elderberry wood when I had chickenpox to stop the itching.
There were so many magical plants in grandma’s garden, but the surrounding hills had much to offer as well; Manzanita, Belladonna, Mushrooms, Puff Balls, Lupin, China Houses, Indian Soap and more. Though grandma is gone now, her garden and land is still there, in the safe keeping of my family.
When planning your garden this spring, I hope you will consider including one or more of grandma’s plants to your gardening plans.
Blessings of New Growth,