July and August were hot and humid. I am so happy that those months are behind us. The weather appears to have changed, I feel it’s a little cooler. Do you feel it too? The gardening at the Wellness/Herb Garden seems to be going better and with less sweating and exhaustion. Joel Crippen, Mounts horticulturist, and I are looking over what has suffered from the heat and wetness. Yes, some of the plants just could not survive. So in the next couple of weeks, we are reshaping and planting new stuff. We are excited about that. A note from Bernard Pages, Asst. Treasurer: “The Herb Garden this September looks spectacular in a season when Herbs usually look pitiful and stressed. This is the best September I’ve ever seen and it’s all due to Ingrid’s green thumb.”
We also learned what to do and what not do.
Cash Cashion is a 30 year career military man – first in the Navy and then in the Marine Corps. Then he spent 10 years with U.S. Customs in drug enforcement. He is currently a Chemist and laboratory manager, and now grows exotic trees and plants on his ranch in Jupiter, Florida.
Cash wrote a novel, The Cowboy and the Paleontologist, wherein he reveals much about the Victorians and how they traveled extensively all over the world. Ryan Duncan was a cowboy, a lawman, a prospector and, with the young Victorian paleontologist, farmed for the bones of the dinosaurs in the Lakota Territory. The Cowboy and the Paleontologist were true western heroes.
Cashion is a freelance writer and writes for several newspapers as “The Swamp Gardener” in South Florida. His 2009 book, The Swamp Gardener’s Chronicles, reports on his work growing and experimenting with various fruit trees and vegetables in sub-tropical South Florida. Cash writes a column for the Palm Beach Post Residental Section and a monthly column for the Jupiter Farmer.
Cash Cashion will speak at the September 30th meeting of the Evening Herb Society. Last year he was going to speak to us about Making Your Own Fertilizer – but that meeting was cancelled due to a power outage! We’ll see what Nuggets of Wisdom Cash will bring to us!
Summer has arrived, the heat is close to unbearable and on top of it, the rain is slow to start. Does anybody have any lawn left? I am starting to water more to keep my plants going. The presentation on Artemesias went very well, Marci outdid herself and presented many wonderful recipes. Another surprise was that everyone went home with a plant from the Artemesia family and we have to thank Tom Hewitt who grew them from seed for us. Everyone should know Tom or get to know him. He is the person to go to at the Mounts Guild/Nursery where I go and buy many plants for my garden. The Guild/Nursery also supplies The Garden of Well-Being (previously the Herb Garden) with plants. They are open on Mondays and Thursdays from 9 am to noon for visits and purchases. Since they are located in the back of the garden at the Mounts, your walk back there will lead you by the Garden of Well-Being. You need to stop there as you will be amazed at the variety of plants and how great they look.
My Thursday mornings are the most enjoyable for me since
Our speaker this month is new to our group; it is Elisabeth Hoffman, a 2007 graduate of the Florida Master Naturalist Program offered by the UF/IFAS Extension Program. Born in northwest New Jersey, initially educated in Pennsylvania and Ohio, she married and settled in Boca Raton in 1968. Once established in the rapidly growing south Florida area, she developed an interest in maintaining and preserving Florida native ecosystems which has continued through the years. She has worked both professionally and voluntarily with the Nature Conservancy,