The Cosmic Dream Diary

Focus on Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm Tea

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September 1, 2014

Lemon Balm is one of those essential herbs that everyone with a backyard should have a clump growing in a secluded corner. I say secluded because it is a member of the mint family and is therefore invasive. Very. I'm no herbalist. I grow culinary herbs, but know little about medicinal properties of herbs, and that isn't really something one should dabble in because medicinal herbs can be toxic if misused. But lemon balm is a culinary herb with health benefits. It makes a great tea. I hate tea. I like my strong black coffee, but I actually do like lemon balm tea. It has a flavor that can be described as "lemony-green." Just grab a handful of sprigs and steep in boiling water a few minutes.You may sweeten it if you wish. Here are some helpful websites with more information on using lemon balm: 12 Things to Do With Lemon Balm, and The powerful health benefits of lemon balm. I have lemon balm for sale at the farm either bagged or as plants.

Here are some other flowers that have begun to bloom, starting with snapdragons. These particular ones were very easy to grow. Snapdragon seeds are very tiny, and often the baby plants are picky about being transplanted. These were not. I think I only lost one. Anyways, they are just beginning to open. I have a yellow one that should be open by tomorrow. The next one is an opium poppy "Danish Flag." Oops! I didn't see the cucumber beetle on it when I snapped the photo. Do you notice how much clearer these photos are? I finally discovered I have a "foliage" setting on my digital camera. Incidentally, opium poppies are also the source for poppy seed that you eat, like on rolls.

Snapdragon

Opium Poppy “Danish Flag”

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Look at this gorgeous Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly. I took this one on August 18, and that was before I discovered the "foliage" setting on my camera. The next photo was taken today. Wow! My marigolds have sure grown a lot in two weeks.

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Marigolds “Tiger Eye”

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And here is my sweet Rex. He's such an intense little guy. Can you tell? But he is very loving and affectionate, like his sister Molly, who is pictured on the first Diary page here. She is definitely the more happy-go-lucky one. They were born at my neighbor's house on October 23, 2008, from 1 am to 4 am. Marion, who is a nurse, delivered them. Rex was the firstborn, Molly came out fourth. It went boy-girl-boy-girl-boy-boy. Only two had long hair like Molly, (the other was a boy). Their mommy was a Cocker Spaniel and their daddy a Min-Pin (Miniature Pinscher). I held them when they were nine hours old and that's when I picked out Rex. I had only planned to take one, but I am SO HAPPY I took both. I have had them since they were four-and-a-half weeks old. They are the BEST DOGS!

Rex

Rex

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