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Bachelor Button, Black Ball (Organic)$3.25
Super dark maroon flowers really catch your eye in the garden & in bouquets. Flowers bloom from June to August, covering plants with 2″ double flowers. Plants grow to 3′ tall & may need staking in the garden. Young shoots are edible, flowers can be eaten raw or cooked, florets can be used in salads, as a vegetable, or as a garnish. Flowers may be dried for flower arrangements. Bachelor Buttons are also known as cornflowers, & are usually a light blue color.
Bachelor Button, Blue Jubilee Gem (Organic)$3.50
Bachelor Buttons deserve a place in every garden. They are easy-to-grow, make a nice little cut flower, & pollinators love them. Frilly blossoms reach 2” across & are a lovely periwinkle blue color, the most common bachelor button color. The semi-dwarf plants grow to about 2′ & bloom over a long period, especially if dead-headed. Naturalizes easily if you don’t deadhead all of them. Won the All-American Selections silver medal in 1937 & it has been a favorite in the garden ever since. Drought tolerant & deer resistant. Annual that can handle light frost. Bachelor Buttons are also known as Cornflower
Borago officinalis. Annual
Borage is a traditional European herb that has been in use for centuries medicinally and for flavoring soups and drinks. Little blue flowers are perfect when added to salad and bring a sweet floral note. Leaves have an earthy cucumber taste. Medicinally it is considered moist and cooling. We make an alcohol extract out of the leaves and flowering tops that is nice to occasionally sip for adrenal support. Some historical descriptions remark on its ability to comfort the heart, dispel melancholy and give courage. Borage is self seeding in the garden so choose a permanent spot for it. Worth having around just for its beauty, attraction to bees and other pollinators.
Calendula, Erfurter (Organic)$3.00–$6.00
Calendula officinalis. 65-70 days.
Fully double bright orange flowers on 18-24” plants. Erfurter Calendula is a preferred variety for commercial production in the US, with large flowers & a somewhat higher resin content than Resina. Blooms profusely, but not as prolific as Resina. Petals can also be used to make a dye, or fed to chickens to keep egg yolks extra vibrant. (No joke! In Italy there is calendula produced for this specific purpose!) We like to pick the petals off the flowering heads once they just start to dry & turn inward. Then they are easily picked & easily dried. Variety originates in Germany. Aka, Erfurter Orangefarbigen.
Calendula, Resina (Organic)$3.00–$21.00
Calendula officinalis. 60-65 days.
A very fine strain of calendula for medicinal use and as a self-sowing, short-lived perennial flower. Resina Calendula’s highly productive plants produce medium-sized flowers with two rows of resin-rich petals. Plants may have either soft orange or bright yellow flowers with small centers. Fairly hardy in our climate, they often overwinter to produce very early blooms in the spring & sometimes an occasional bloom in the dead of winter if given a good sheltered location. We love to sprinkle our salads with their aromatic, edible petals. The rich soothing properties soften the skin simply from picking the flowers. Often called Pot Marigold in England.
Chamomile, Bodegold (Organic)$3.50
Bodegold is an improved German variety of chamomile with higher essential oil content, higher yields, larger flowers, & more uniform habit. White flowers have fragrant yellow centers. Chamomile is commonly used as a calming herbal tea & is said to stimulate the immune system. Flowers are ready to pick & dry when petals have fallen off. Very attractive to pollinators. This is one of our favorite tea herbs. It should be in every garden. The compact plants grow 1-2′ & seeds are best direct sown, scattered on the soil surface. Strangely, chamomile seems to grow better in poor quality soil.
Chamomile, Zloty Lan (Organic)$3.50
A unique Polish tetraploid variety. Tetraploid plants naturally have more chromosomes in the cell and this usually results in larger, more vigorous plants. Zloty Lan Chamomile is certainly bigger and higher yielding with a strong tall growth habit. We find it has a wonderful aroma that is somewhat less sweet than Bodegold. Tea made from the dried flowers steeped in hot water for less then a few minutes makes a soothing and calming tea perfect for bedtime, and for relaxing the mind and body. When steeped longer than a few minutes however it seems to be stimulating and enlivening. Chamomile is an easy tea herb to grow at home and is one of the key herbs used in Biodynamic compost preparations. Bred in Poland for commercial production and high essential oil content. The high essential oil levels are reported to be between 0.8-1.5% of which 4-12% is bisabolol and 15-20% chamazulene. The compounds in chamomile have been extensively studied for their health effects, many of which are anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous.
Dill, Ambrosia (Organic)$3.80–$25.00
Anethum graveolens. 35 days.
Amazingly fragrant variety of dill. Heavenly in the garden & a key ingredient to many pickle recipes. You can’t have too many jars of dilly beans in the pantry. Also delicious in borscht (beet soup), & cooked with fish or potatoes. Very attractive to pollinators once flowering begins. We sourced this originally from Peace Seeds in Corvallis, Oregon. There is an Ukranian or Russian variety of the same name & possibly it is the same but we’re unsure. Aka, Ambrojia.
Dill, Mt Adams (Organic)$3.80–$12.50
Anethum graveolens. 35 days.
Dill is a must have in any garden. A great early to flower variety perfect for seed & flower production. It is also a good producer of dill leaf but not as prolific as mammoth types. Dill is a commercial crop in Washington state, where many acres are produced for distilling into essential oil, as a seed crop, & for fresh markets. We picked up this variety from a seed swap in Bingen, Washington, where a local homesteader had been saving seed from this variety for 20 years.
Evening Primrose, EP-10 (Organic)$3.00
Oenothera biennis. Biennial.
Evening Primrose EP1 produces 2″ yellow, sweetly fragrant flowers on 3-5′ tall central stalk from June to September in second year. Leaves & roots are edible, with a peppery taste. Flowers are edible & sweet, may be added to salads or used as a garnish, & are attractive to pollinators. Roots, bark, & seedpods are medicinal. This strain is purported to have a higher than average content of medicinal Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which can be extracted from its seeds. We have noticed that it holds ripe seed pods tighter than other varieties making seed collection easier. Native to central & eastern North America. Hardy to Zone 4. Grows well in poor soil. Self-seeds/naturalizes easily & may become a permanent part of the garden if you let it go to seed.
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Althaea officinalis. Perennial.
Common edible and medicinal herb native to Europe. Marshmallow has many medicinal uses which include treating stomach acid, aching muscles, insect bites, and dry coughs. Leaves can be eaten raw but taste better cooked, especially good for thickening soups as it is related to okra. Marshmallows of campfire and s’mores fame were once made by drying the root, grinding it into a powder, and then making the powder into a paste and roasting. Water left over from cooking any part of the plant makes a good egg-white substitute. Tea can be made from the flower or root. Grows to 4 feet. Naturalizes easily, but seeds benefit from some cold to germinate. One way to get good germination is to sow directly in garden soil in early spring.