Garden work is therapeutic for me. Today, a gentle breeze carries the scent of autumn leaves, cut hay, and spicy chrysanthemums.  Overhead, a large flock of sterlings blacken the sun and cast shadows on the garden herbs. Their noisy chatter is deafening as they congregate in the nearby trees and prepare for their southern journey. Sometimes, I feel that words are inadequate to describe the moment so I took these photos to try and capture this garden experience.

Herbs and flowers can be harvested until frost. This week I'm gathering late summer flowers and herbal leaves for potpourri and repellent sachets. Flowers that are still blooming in Pennsylvania include cockscomb, salvia, lavender, hydrangea, and mums. Besides flowers, I'm cutting hyssop, sweet annie, mugwort, and other pungent herbs for making repellent sachets. For more details on how to use repellent herbs stay tune for this week's Herbal Remedy.

For the love of gardening is a seed that once sown never dies, 
but always grows and grows to an enduring and ever increasing
source of happiness.  


The garden is preparing for winter rest,