Greetings of greening to you all.
I love this time of year. Lots of people visit the Catskills in the fall, for the autumn leaf show, but I think the beginning of the leafing is just as beautiful. You just have to look a lot closer.
Look for the faint sweeps of colors across the hillsides as the trees bloom: blushes of red maple, sweeps of white willow catkins, tiny pine flowers dropping yellow pollen. Then notice the first glimmers of green – lime green, grassy green, budding green, blue-green, vibrant green – as the leaves emerge from their protective winter sheaths.
And while you are out looking, bend close to the forest floor. Just before the leaves bring shade, the native perennial plants grab the sun and bloom, bloom, bloom. Every walk in the woods this month offers us a fresh delight of wildflowers. I share some of my recent finds with you in our weed walk, following.
And every day seems to bring new flowering bulbs into the sun. What rich colors! What fascinating shapes. I envision where I want to plant more this fall for more delight next spring.
It is not too late to join my new Healthy Heart online class
. Our first teleclass was yesterday (May 5), but we recorded it, so you can listen at your convenience. Join me as we explore the delicious foods and healing herbs that can give you a healthy heart, prevent strokes and heart attacks, and help you get off (or never take) hypertensive drugs, statins, and blood thinners. What a perfect arena for us to proclaim: Herbal medicine is people’s medicine!
This new course – a Healthy Heart the Wise Woman Way
– contains three units of four lessons each, for a total of twelve lessons. You are free to take one, two or all three units
. Each unit includes four lessons, assignments to complete, twelve herbal monographs, recipes, special bonuses, three teleclasses, and access to an interactive forum with me and the other students. I expect it will take most people 8-10 weeks to finish each unit (four lessons); you are free to do the lessons as slowly or quickly as you desire.
But for now, get up. Go outside. Take a walk in the woods. Visit a nature preserve. Spend some time in your garden or back yard. Go to a park. Take the dog for a walk. Right now. Get up and get outside and enjoy the green blessings that surround you.
Green blessings are everywhere!