Q:Hey! I wanted to start a garden this spring and wanted to get your take on what would be some good plants to start with? Thanks!
Depends on the type of garden! I’m an avid gardener, as you may know, so I’ll give you info on both regular and magical gardens.
If you’re planning just a regular ol’ garden, for herbs and flowers:
- rosemary: a hardy little herb!
- mint: spreads like wildfire! Make sure you have it contained either by wood or rocks. Good in tea, though
- marigolds: good for repelling bugs and rabbits
- aquilegia: otherwise known as columbines. Plant them in small containers first, and then transplant.
- astible: pretty, and generally really, really difficult to mess up
- sweet peas: lovely flowers!
- bee balm: attracts bees, butterflies, and smells amazing!
- bergamot: used for tea! Same family as bee balm. Actually, any of the Monarda plants are generally great.
- casual vegetables: such as peppers, beans, etc. Be careful of zucchini or cucumber: they produce a lotof vegetables for such a small starter plant, and spread very quickly. I’d recommend giving them their own space.
If you’re planning a magical garden:
- violet: these can be candied and eaten! Especially for Beltane, they’re delicious.
- mint: same dangers as above! Keep those plants contained.
- rosemary: always! It’s an all-purpose herb, used for replacing anything you may not have.
- sage: growing your own is a great alternative to constantly buying it, especially if you use it a lot.
- lavender: luck!
- blackberry or similar brambles: the berries can be used in spells, and the thorny branches do wonders for protection and potential cursing, if you do use curses.
- calendula: fantastic offering flowers
- dandelion: their bitter, crunchy leaves can also be eaten, yum! Great for encouraging people, and spreading ideas or influences. But just like mint, it spreads like wildfire, as I’m sure you already know. Make sure to keep it contained, and cut the seeds off before they float away.
- rose: duh!
- any bright, colourful flowers: if you work with Deities, specifically spring ones, you should keep a store of petals and flowers for offerings and blessings
- yarrow: a little difficult for beginners, but a good witchcraft herb if you’re up for the challenge.
- perovskia: known as Russian Sage, but the leaves are not edible.However, the flowers are! Use them in salad for a bit of a sharp, anise type flavor. Russian Sage is a euphoriant, meaning that is can be burned or smoked for its very, very small psychadelic properties. I burn it in bundles before ritual to cleanse the space. It’s a very hardy bush, and will grow extremely high.
- ***POISONOUS PLANTS are a NO-NO for beginner gardens***: poisonous plants are way too dangerous for beginners to start with. Cross-contamination is a danger, as are beginner witch gardeners mispicking or mishandling them. Stay away from aconite (monkshood, wolfsbane), wormwood, and fungi.
Whew, that was a long one! Sorry it took so long.
Obviously all of these plants have different needs: shade, water, soil, etc. Let me know if you have any more questions!
The Egyptian Temple of Esna, south of Luxor.
Erected in the Ptolemaic Period, this temple was the last Egyptian temple to be decorated with hieroglyphic texts.
The site was an important cultural center in the Ptolemaic Period, although archaeological evidence dates from as early as the Middle Kingdom. […] It was erected in the Ptolemaic Period and enlarged with a hypostyle hall, decorated mainly in Roman times. The temple was dedicated to an androgynous, nameless, omnipotent creator god, which manifested itself as both the male god Khnum/ Khnum-Ra and the female deity Neith.
Nothing more than the hypostyle hall has survived from the temple. Its walls are decorated with some unique ritual scenes, such as the dance of the pharaoh before the gods, and the catching of fishes and birds with a clap net. The temple’s columns, decorated mainly with inscriptions, display the only temple ritual known from ancient Egypt that is preserved in its entirety. The inscriptions are written in Middle Egyptian with some Demotic influence.
[…] The existing temple of Esna was built during the reign of Ptolemy V (205-180 BCE) and decorated by his successor, Ptolemy VI (180-145 BCE), during that ruler’s coregency with Ptolemy VIII and Cleopatra II (170-163 BCE).
The shown relief in the fourth photo is from the north side of the temple, and shows Roman emperor Trajan subduing the enemies of Egypt -a traditional Pharaonic image in Egyptian art.
Photos taken by Brian Ritchie.