It’s spring time in the ACTCM garden. After heavy trimming and clearing this winter the garden is in great shape to be refreshed by the Spring rains that have finally come! Above, Salvia bowleyana (Nan Dan Shen) begins to bloom. Interestingly Salvia bowleyana tends to bloom an entire month earlier then the more common Dan […]

While not planted at the ACTCM garden, Lu Lu Tong (Liquidambaris fructus) can be found gracing many yards throughout the country this winter, including the above yard in Virginia. This tree, commonly called a Sweetgum, is used as an ornamental in the United states and frequently considered the bane of all children running barefoot. The […]

ACTCM’s He Shou Wu (Polgonum multiflorum) has been growing for 20+ years along the Arkansas fence line. While we have been giving it trims every other week to keep it under control (this vine grows fast!), we decided it is time for a buzz cut! Above, master trimmer Nikola Zunic, peels back the layers. Over […]

It is easy to make sense of this herb’s common name: Glorybower… with fall in full swing these blooms are glorious. Chou Wu Tong (Clerodendrum trichotomum) is a deciduous shrub that grows in hardiness zones 7-10. The leaf is harvested mid to late summer before blooms begin and used to expel Wind-Damp Bi.   

  This past weekend was the final day of my internship on Peg Schafer’s farm. As I mentioned in my last post, Ju Hua (Chrysanthemum morifolium) is in full bloom this month in the ACTCM garden and the same is true at the Chinese medicinal Herb Farm in Petaluma, CA. This means that harvest has […]

  Fall is generally a time of decline, the metal energy of the season descends Qi down into its roots, leaves turn and the temperature cools. But as other plants prepare for winter, Ju Hua (Chrysanthemum morifolium) is ready to take center stage. The fact that Ju Hua blooms in the fall helps explain this […]

 Jie Geng (Platycodon grandiflorus) in bloom, early June. Jie Geng Seed pods, mid September Fall is both a time of harvest and a time to prepare for next season by saving seeds. This week, our Platycodon grandiflorus (Jie Geng) was ready for seed collection. This very dramatic showy flower also creates an attractive seed pod. […]