Slowly closing up shop

My husband is on vacation today and tomorrow. Which means, he will probably be more tired come the week-end than he would have been if he would have gone to work. There is usually one thing that makes my husband take time off in fall, and that is closing down the house and yard for winter.Β The weather has been nice some days, but also brutal on other days here this fall, it already feels like late November out there. So the window coverings are going up, the pool has been tarped up, the flower beds have been given a good shave and new dirt, compost, newspaper and leaves are being spread lasagna style over our fall cover crops, filling our beds to start building our soil for next spring.

That being said, I’m inside. *grunts and growls* I usually love to get my hands dirty. I love working outdoors. But of course, this year, it is not possible with my arm still busted. So I’ve started the more delicate and meticulous job this season brings : Drying the last of our herbs and flowers and collecting seeds for next year’s bountiful harvest!

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Taken last August

Agastache (also known as Anise Hyssop or Bee Balm) has to be one of my favorite herbs. Growing it attracts so many pollinators (hence the name) and to make tea with it is simply divine. As I type this, my fingers smell of anise and I’m already daydreaming of hands wrapped around a warm cup of tea as the snow falls outside.

I use to buy it, not realizing that it was not only perennial, but very happy in our cold climate. So I planted my first stand which gave me just enough to fill my 4 tray dehydrator and to collect enough seeds to quadruple my stands next year. Not to mention that the stands already in place will most likely double if not triple come spring.

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It amazes me how this life we’ve chosen can be equally hard and simple all at once. Some of it truly his the hardest work we’ve ever done. Bodies sometimes aching, staying up late into the night or up before dawn, ensuring we seize every opportunity the earth gives us. But the processes themselves, the rhythm of the seasons, the cycle of life we are truly apart of makes it seem all okay somehow. Better than okay. It gives what we do and who we are meaning.

So as I sit at the table with tweezers, coaxing the seeds out of their delicate and fragile pods, I smile. Knowing I hold life in my hands. Not only the seed itself, but our very existence.

Have a wonderful day everyone and stay warm!

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About Yanic A.

Hello to all of you and thank you for stopping by! My name is Yanic. I'm a wife to a wonderful husband, a mother of 2 beautifully complex and unique children and a lover of all things inspiring. Having started a personal journey of self discovery when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter 4 years ago, I've since embraced a daily life of simpler pleasures and gratitude. As we get to know each other, you will know me as a quilter, a gardener, a Tao cultivator, a vegetarian foodie, a true believer in a healthy family life as being the secret to my happiness and hopefully as time goes on, a friend... I will try to share with you my days as they unfold, speaking of my happy successes without censoring my challenges, trying to make this blog a true portrait of the ever-changing path that I have chosen for myself. I'm hoping to find in these pages others to share with and learn from, bringing to light the absolute connection in all things and people, showing this world as being a true community.
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14 Responses to Slowly closing up shop

  1. Aren’t seeds amazing! Every time I collect them I am filled with such joy, knowing how much they will give and provide for us. I love bee balm too, but have never collected the seeds, it self seeds so well for me I haven’t had the need to. Hope your hubby isn’t too tired after all the work πŸ™‚ If your weather is anything like ours today, he picked a good few days to take off.

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Our weather is horrible. Wind, rain, 2’C this morning. My husband is a toughy. I’m grateful that he is so willing and selfless. Today, he,s double-digging the rest of our new bed and then climbing on the roof to do the gutters. My hero!!!

      Seeds are amazing. Ended up saving my basil seeds as well yesterday. For the bee balm, I suspect I won’t be collecting seeds every year. But I really want to plant them all over the yard and didn’t want to dig up and separate the ones that grew this year. But I do love collecting seeds. One of my favorite things to do is to share. I give them out to friends. πŸ™‚

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  2. kspring says:

    lovely photos! This is one of my favorite herbs, too. I had it in my perennial garden where we lived before getting our own place, and now that we’re establishing a new perennial garden here, I’m looking forward to having it around again. Enjoy the tea!

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  3. Beautifully written! And now I want a nice cup of hot tea.

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  4. Robin says:

    It feels like mid November here. The storm blew the last of the leaves off the trees earlier this week. The weather report includes a wind chill again and the dew point is higher than the temperature this morning. Brrr If the weather improves over the weekend we’ll get the outdoors work finished up.

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Yeah, I have a superhero husband who’s super power is being impervious to cold! I’m grateful cause this time of year is always a bit harder for me. I love winter, but the change between fall and winter takes some getting used to. It,s always so easy to peel off the layers, putting them back on needs a little coaxing. πŸ™‚ Good luck with your house work!

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  5. Oh seeds!! I’ve only collected bean, orach, sage and radish seeds so far, but so much fun!
    Is this plant the same as licorice mint? I’m growing a plant that looks very similar but wasn’t aware of the other names it’s called..

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    • Yanic A. says:

      I’ve collected quite a few so far as well out of the veggies, but the herbs, I like to let them dry in the group. The agastache I’m growing is Agastache foeniculum, but licorice mint is another genus. According to Wikipedia, yours would be Agastache rupestris. But same family. πŸ™‚

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  6. sally says:

    Seeds are such wonderful things, mind you, your husband sounds pretty amazing too!

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    • Yanic A. says:

      See the way I see it, my husband is better than seeds… seeds do what they are programmed to do, my husband could be anything, but he chooses to be THAT wonderful! πŸ™‚

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