I was finally able to take a walk this weekend by the river to find some wild motherwort plants!
First I left the male parts of my family in a muddy river bed.
Classic and messy.
Then I headed down the path near the river where I saw…
Trees chewed by beavers. Now, this wouldn’t be such a terribly strange site, except that I live in a fair sized city and have never seen a beaver. There were plenty of beaver chewed trees though, so they must be living nearby somewhere.
As I was walking towards the area that my friend told me there was some motherwort, I saw this graffiti:
And then I happened upon motherwort
Lots of small patches, all of them very close to the main bike/walking path.
Still very close tot he ground, but definately growing now that the snow has finally (hopefully) passed for the year.
I couldn’t find a patch that was sufficiently off the path to not be interrupted by passerby’s while meditating with it. So, instead, I just sat down near one and drew some pictures, held gratitude for its being and generally enjoyed the sunshine.
The motherwort I saw doesn’t like to hide – it’s out in the open near the edges of paths walked by humans just waiting for someone to take notice of it’s beauty. Love yourself. I know it’ll grow much taller and it lives near other tall plants (I saw goldenrod and a few others that I don’t know the name of, but do know that they grow tall).
I love this plant. No shy, but not showy. Not hiding, but able to blend with the other plants nearby.
All the plants were too small to harvest from yet, but soon! Instead I harvested some beautiful white pine needles to make pine vinegar. And I made another preparation of wild violet tincture. I’ve been eating SO many wild violets – our yard is very very full of them. My son also loves to eat the purple blossoms and finds them whenever we go outside!
This week we’re going to visit my parents which means plenty of nature walks! My dad has scouted out patchs of fiddleheads and wild leeks so hopefully we’ll be able to pick some while we’re there!