I learned something new last week - Hamamelis spp. a.k.a. witch hazel is actually a winter-blooming shrub! What a welcome bit of bright colour in what can be a very grey season in my part of the world. And what a special kind of tree that puts out flowers during such a cold time of the year.Read More
Like the one we're experiencing right now!
Seriously, right up until the end of spring I was surrounded by the mumbly grumblings of summer lovers convinced that our June here in Toronto had been too chilly (no complaints here - can't.handle.the.HEAT) but literally, LITERALLY on the summer solstice the temperature jumped to the muggy mid-20s and has been on the rise since. Summer has arrived! And I don't know about you, but I am in serious need of ways to keep cool in this old apartment of ours.Read More
I'm realizing now that this is the way you learn something - slowly, a little bit at a time, with lots of repetition. This time I'm talking about learning plants, mostly learning how to ID them. We get lots of training in how to use plants but essentially nothing with regards to how to find and prepare them. And that's ok. Naturopaths are already in some senses educated as a jack of all trades, given the option to try to master a few only after leaving the hallowed halls of whichever CNME accredited college they essentially live at for four years.Read More