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Goldenrod

September, the golden month on Cape Cod. Sunrises and sets that fill the mind’s eye with color and light. Goldenrod blooms across dunes and meadows, roadsides and gardens. Solidago sempervirens, Seaside Goldenrod, is just beginning to open at First Encounter Beach. A walk at Fort Hill in Eastham reveals multiple species in flower, like yellow fireworks that fell from the sky.  There are eleven species of Solidago on Cape Cod, all bursting with bright golden yellow flowers throughout late summer into fall, save one: Silverod - Solidago bicolor. These tiny flowers are white, crowded on long stalks with deep green leaves that travel up the entire length of the stem. Yet for the most part, members of this species are...

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Alchemy in blue

It took 40 dips in indigo to create these blues. Each white linen piece took a turn in the vat 10X, and amazingly there is still color left in the vat for more. My vat is a living thing. I stir it daily - three times throughout the day to keep it breathing.Dyeing with indigo is a moving meditation. I get lost in the vat, in the flow of the fibers in my hands, the magic of the alchemy. The blue you see doesn’t come easy; indigo pigment is not soluble in water like most plant color. Indigo must go through a reduction process in order for the dye to show itself. And even in that form, it’s known as...

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From Field to Flower to Medicine

I counted 12 lavender plants in my gardens this season. Some I started from seed when Thomas + I moved in a couple of years ago, some were bought with a good head start.Just the other day, they began to flower and the bees have been dancing around them ever since.Easy to grow, yet a bit tedious to harvest, it takes about 20-30 minutes to work my way through each plant; I leave half the stems behind for the bees and their dancing, and for the promise of seed for next year.These flowers are precious. Some get sent off to my CSA customers, the rest will be hung for drying. Once the moisture has been removed, the flowers will be...

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TO THE SEASON AHEAD

You've placed orders, you've sent notes and hellos, and some of you are now PWS|CSA members. For your continued support of my garden pursuits and botanical endeavors during these scary weird times, I am ever grateful. The shop has been dark for a few weeks now, and like most, I've been working from home, keeping myself creatively motivated and getting the garden primed for a bountiful year. I am fortunate and thankful to be able to make and create from within the comfort and safety of the place I love. These are like the old days when I worked between my home studio and the garden. But things are also nothing like the old days. So it was both a terribly difficult yet...

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News from the shop

Hello friends - I’m writing to you from a new place in the world; we now live on the other side of a significant mark on our timeline. Things look shaky ahead.And yet, there is light in all of this. We are reaching out in new ways and learning new tools to make connections. We are reading + writing more, making art, starting seeds. We are grateful for the folks who are out at the front lines fighting this massive war and its tiny, molecular enemy. We remain isolated but involved. This disconnection from the machine allows for a reconnection with nature. We have seen communities show support from near and far; I am grateful for yours as we navigate...

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