Urban Gardening: The Garden In October

This post is a compilation of all the garden pictures that haven’t been posted already, all of them taken through the month of October. I like to keep a good archive of photographs for gardening documentation and for future articles, but a lot of them never get published because other posts and images take priority. As the month ends, I am gathering them together with a few magical tips, so all readers can enjoy the beauty – and may it inspire you to create your own urban garden!

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The Mastic trees keep flowering, and all the flying insects in the neighbourhood keep loving it daily. It does not seem to be going into seed, but it may be too soon to know.

The Mastic Tree (Pistacia Lentiscus) is an extremely holy and powerful tree, full of properties – specially the resin, which can be used in many ways, from toothpaste to varnish, from incense to food flavouring, from perfume to medicine. This is actually one of the several plants that could be the main ingredient in the Bible’s Balm Of Gilead.

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The linden trees keep flowering too, and we are picking flowers for tea almost daily.  Linden (Tilia Genus) not only makes the best sedative tea (mostly the flowers, but also the leaves), it has tremendous energy of protection and nurturing. As soon as it is big enough to collect more leaves, I’m thinking of making some amulet sachets filled with it for friends who have babies.

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October and November is Chrysanthemum season for us – and as you can see, ours is bursting with blooms! Chrysanthemums are deeply related to the dead in our culture – this plant is devoted to our Ancestors, and hopefully it will give us many flowers for the altar.

Last-minute edit before this post is published – both the pictures and the text for this post are written and updated several times along the month. This photo of the chrysanthemums above was taken at the beginning of October – in the two pics below, you can see the same plant, photographed on October 30:

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After being cut down to nothing after flowering and seeding all summer , the Catmint is coming back for the third year in a row. This plant is indestructible! A gentle protector, a wise Spirit ally – no wonder why such magical creatures as cats adore it. I actually have new seedlings growing from this plant’s seeds, that I planted to replace this one, but it is very clear that it doesn’t want to leave the garden :).

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Spearmints are still flowering – we don’t collect the seeds because it’s so much easier to plant them from cuttings, so we let it flower freely for the bees and wasps. Spearmint is the most used variety when making Moroccan style tea (which we drink very often), and a wonderful herb for protection and blessing.

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The “volunteer” fig tree (volunteer as in spontaneously sprouted in a pot) is almost half a metre tall, and growing gorgeous as you can see. This is one of the most important trees of Canarian subsistence, and of course one of the most powerful tree Spirits we work with – it can be used to empower almost any kind of magic.

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And finally, the humble beauty of Asters – this time of the year is one of the lowest flowering seasons, so I like to have a couple of these in different points of the garden to attract and feed beneficial insect life. Asters are affordable,  strong, adaptable to our crazy weather, and there are so many beautiful varieties! This plant has a bright, joyful Spirit that can be used when doing Blessing and Healing works.

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2 thoughts on “Urban Gardening: The Garden In October

  1. The second picture from the top, what plant is this? I have it growing wild in ny flower beds and such but it is not a tree. I wasn’t sure if you were referring to it as a Linden tree. I lpoked up Linden tree and it is completely different from the picture on your blog. I’m curious because I always cut out these small plants but if they’re usable I’ll keep them around. Thanks.

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    • It’s very young Linden trees, and the species is Tilia Cordata. There are over 30 different species in the Tilia Genus, that look very different, and none is what you could call a flower or a herb, so you must be mistaken. These are grown from tree cuttings, so they don’t look like trees yet, but they will :) – if yours look like a herb or a small flower, they must be another species entirely. Be very careful when saving herbs when you are not experienced, because there are many poisonous herbs that imitate non-poisonous plants.

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