Sunday Musings … Weekend Fun

My husband and I have had a wonderful week, and the weekend is not even over yet! Yesterday we decided to go to the nursery, I was searching for Calendula, and a farmers market that was fairly close by. It was a beautiful morning and it warmed up nicely, making our adventure quite fun!

Here’s a few photos…

I was so happy to pick up four Calendulas at the nursery, which I plan to use for herbal remedies, along with a Jasmine , scallions and another oregano. We have decided to expand our container garden and will be adding an additional six pots for more veggies and edible flowers, such as Nasturtium. I’m so excited about what we are doing and it’s so awesome to see everything beginning to grow!

Jasmine, Scallions, Calendula and Oregano

Calendula is good for chapped and dry skin, which I have an issue with at times. I want to try making this cream that is found on Rosalee de la Floret’s website and a salve recipe that is found on Garden Answers YouTube station. I’m excited about making these and learning more about this wonderful plant.

Calendula ~ Brilliant golden orange Calendula flowers have been used as a food, coloring agent for fabric and food (cheese), and have graced statues of Hindu deities in temples. The Genus Calendula contains about 20 different species of annual or perennial herbaceous plants and is native to the northern Mediterranean regions. The genus name is derived from the Latin word, “kalendae”, which means the first day of the month, probably referring to the fact that the flowers are in bloom at the start of most months in the year in their native regions. Although a common name of this plant is “Pot Marigold”, it is not related to the Tagetes or Marigold Genus. Calendula flower petals can be added as a flavoring to rice, grain dishes, salads and used as a replacement for Saffron.

From Gaia Herbs

My library of herbal remedy books has grown over the last few weeks and I have been avidly reading Alchemy of Herbs by Rosalee de la Foret and The Herbal Apothecary by Dr. JJ Pursell. I’m learning so much and have so much more to learn.

We are not doing anything special today. I may make another loaf of bread and have already started our crockpot BBQ chicken thighs, thank you Katie for sharing that recipe. I might do a little spinning later today, but for now I’m enjoying the stillness of the morning and coffee with my hubby.

Have a wonderful day !

10 thoughts on “Sunday Musings … Weekend Fun

  1. Yummy pictures! And I hope you enjoyed the chicken thighs. They were a hit in my house! I loved that there was more to the sauce than a simple jar of store bought sauce. I felt like I actually “cooked.” 😉

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  2. Looks like a wonderful weekend! Your jasmine plant already is beautiful. I’ve been eyeing a heliotrope that’s listed in one of the online newsletters I got this weekend but I think it’d have to be an indoor plant for the winter here. You’re lucky to have such a long growing season. 🙂

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    1. It really was Anne, we had fun! Heliotrope is so beautiful, I had one a long time ago when we lived in the White Mountains here in AZ. We are very fortunate to have a decent growing season here and I hope I can keep everything going until the heat of the summer arrives.


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