Earth-Centered Practices for Everyday Mystics, Healers, & Creatives

Just Past the Peak of Summer . . .

in Moments of Grace, Place, Wheel of the Year

August-garden

My island herb garden, last night at sunset.  This is the essence of Lammas to me:  the best fresh produce of the year, to be sure;  but also, the herbs and flowers peaking then beginning to wither and brown.  Here we see Lady Lavender just past her prime and ready to be cut and bundled.  Sister Thyme is ready to bloom and likewise Elder Mugwort, with flower heads so heavy the stalks are falling every which way.  Sister Echinacea is proudly purple but beginning to fade; only Queen Goldenrod stands in her prime. 

Not seen in this photo, but there nonetheless, is a thriving patch of Lover Sweetgrass.  And last night, by full moonlight, my island sisters and I braided the hair of the Goddess, then cut and corded her tresses to take home to hang and dry.  In the deep midwinter, when days are short and cold, we will burn the blessing herbs of Summer.

Thoughtful, sparkling comments. . .

  • Hecate, Runnymead Conspirator Sat - Aug 16th 2008 8:50 pm

    What a lovely garden! I have basil, tarragon, lavender, dill, rosemary, sage, pineapple sage, thyme, woad gone to seed, bee balm, spearmint, chocolate mint, lime mint. What I love most about this time of year is the morning glories. out by the second cup of coffee.

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  • Yarrow Mon - Aug 25th 2008 7:39 am

    Gorgeous, just gorgeous!

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