I haven’t let anyone mow the meadow at all this year, just so I could see what would grow if we let it alone. I’m glad we did this because yesterday, a beautiful Summer solstice day, I found St. John’s Wort, one of my first and very beloved herbal allies, growing in a corner of the field.
Although my friend Sue sent me some baby plants this year that I planted early this spring in another spot, this is the first time I’ve seen it on the property growing wild, and I am very excited!
St. John’s Wort usually blooms on or around the Summer solstice. See the little buds? (insert photo)
I don’t know if there are enough to really harvest them this year. I think I may let them go to seed so there will be more next year. We live in a very rural area with many pastures and open fields. I’ll definitely be scouting out the neighbors property to see if I can find some more that I CAN harvest!