Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Outlander Gardeners - Start Your Seeds!

Fans of Diana Gabaldon's popular series of Outlander books are eagerly awaiting the start of the Starz TV series based on the saga, which will premiere in summer, 2014.

In the meantime, what's a fan to do? Why not plant a garden this spring, featuring some of the plants mentioned in the Outlander books?

Here are some suggestions, with links to the seeds offered by Botanical Interests.

Forget-Me-Nots (Myosotis sp.) This is the little plant that started it all. Claire first spotted this plant when she and Frank visited the standing stones. She returned later to collect the flowers, got a little too close to the cleft between the stones, and the rest is historical fiction.

Foxglove (Digitalis sp.) This colorful biennial has long been used as a heart medicine. Enjoy the flowers but do not eat any part of this plant.

Garlic chives (Allium sp.) Garlic has been used as an antibiotic for centuries. The time to plant regular garlic is mid-summer, but you can get the benefit of the medicinal properties of this plant family by using garlic chives. Chives are perennials - they reappear early every spring.

Watercress (Nasturtium officianale) Claire and Jamie's adventures often have them living off the land, foraging for plants like watercress. Watercress grows wild in the Highlands of Scotland. If you happen to live elsewhere, you can plant these seeds, cultivate your own patch and enjoy these peppery greens in salads.

For more about plants featured in the Outlander books, visit my blog, Outlander Plant Guide.