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Happy birthday, Magonnie! ❤

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Calendula officianalis also known as ‘Pot Marigold’ is one of my favorites in the herb garden.. for not only their showy colorful appeal & addition to any garden.. but medicinal, cosmetic, culinary & dyeing benefits. The flower petals are the most resourseful part of this very versatile & lovely plant and contain the highest concentrates of healing resins.

Yes, this humble plant has been an inspiration of herbalists and gardeners for centuries. Named for it’s ability to bloom every month of the year, Calendula comes from the latin, ‘Calends’ or ‘New Moon’ and since the calendula flower head follows the sun.. it’s also known as ‘summer sundial’.

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The flower itself means ‘winning grace’ in the language of flowers and you’ll get no argument from me here, with colorful hues from pale yellow to bright deep oranges.. but the sweet calendula has been valued as a ‘wellness herb’ for centuries. Some marvel at it’s ability to soothe pain and prevent scarring. It’s also an excellent antiseptic, thereby preventing infections. Calendula is commonly used to soothe skin and reduce inflammation, and the key ingredient that will go into my Calendula Agave soap bars. Additionally it is good for small children to help alleviate skin disorders and diaper rashes. The dried flower heads are used to flavor soups & stews, added to the dye pot for some marvelous earthy golds & yellows, or added to a natural healing balm.
It’s been a great season for the calendula in the gardens this year. Much of it has already been dried, that will go into my formulations… soaps, balms, creams & salves. Some, into meal making and even my baking.. and a good amount will go to my friend, Rita and into her dye pot to make me some lovely golden wools that will be incorporated into my hooked rugs this winter.

Calendula… in my mind, least of humble. More so, simply marvelous.

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In Tennessee, Liam and Eli were in awe of the eclipse!

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Oh, boy! Look Ma.. will ya just look at that! *insert tail wagging a mile a minute 🙂

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….. and he’s off! 

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Red sky in the morning… sailors take warning. It’ll be a wet one today… but we much need the rains.

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What to do with a plethora of sweet cherry tomatoes.. pickle em! My market customers are going to love these little babies. 🙂 Yumma!

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She’ll be dazzling when she unfurls… opening to the wind, just like her big brothers. 🙂

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