Brambleberries in the Rain is my little spot on the ‘net where I can share bits about my garden and my love of plants and herbs. I have been gardening for most of my life and would much rather be out working in my garden than anywhere else! I started this site as a way to share my passion with others.

I garden in the beautiful (and yes, very wet) Pacific Northwest in a gorgeous area known as “the Gorge”.

I owe my love of gardening and herbs mostly to an aunt whose house I would visit during the summer. She was a gardener and one section of her garden was devoted to herbs. Her herb garden was my favorite place to visit and explore. Together we gathered seeds that she let me take home with instructions for how I could plant them myself.  She also taught me to rub the leaves of the plants to release their scent. To this day whenever I smell dill I am brought back to the summers in her garden. Ever since those summer days spent at my aunt’s I have been inspired by all the many uses and types of herbs out there. Every year I attempt to grow more and more in my garden. 

Lately, my husband and I have been very interested in the idea of growing and preserving as much as we can for our family to eat throughout the year. My garden has taken on a whole new light because of this. It is no longer just a passion but now a means of caring for my family. Throughout this site I hope to be able to share what I know about gardening and herbs as well as what I learn as my garden continues to grow with my family.

Thanks for visiting with me!

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inadvertentfarmer November 19, 2008 at 9:37 pm

Hey Cynthia just wanted to let you know that I added you to my blog roll. Enjoy your blog immensely!

BTW…love your banner pic!


Thank you so much Kim! I really enjoy your blog as well. :) In fact I want your camera! -Cynthia


jean betts December 13, 2010 at 7:18 am

I have just discovered your site. Can certainly emphasize with allergy problems. it might be helpful to investigate quinoa (pronounced – keen-wa) a gluten free grain with many health benefits. It is available in the form of small grain/seeds, flakes similar to oatmeal, and flour which unfortunately is somewhat expensive. A wonderful new cookbook is ” Quinoa – the everyday superfood – 365″ by Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming and published by whitecap http://www.whitecap.ca It is Canadian written and published so may not be well known in your area. Good luck.


Cynthia December 14, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Thanks for paying a visit to my site Jean. I will have to look into the book you recommend. Thank you for bringing it to my attention as it definitely sounds like a book I would be interested in. ~Cynthia


Lamyka May 3, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Quinoa is good for making milk as well but Amaranth is better since it doesn’t have the Saponin covered seeds. Growing it is also painless as it’s produces like no tomorrow–most of which without needing a re-seeding. Mill your own flour, sprinkle your food, pop it like popcorn and that’s from just a handful of these giants.


Cynthia May 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Thank you for this comment Lamyka. I have always wanted to grow amaranth. Now you have given me even more reasons to give it a try! I just might have to finally grow some this year.


Julia@PolkaDotGaloshes April 20, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Beautiful blog, I am so happy to have stumbled across another Northwest blogger. I’m looking forward to following your gardening and knitting adventures here. Cheers =)


Polly Gray July 18, 2011 at 7:14 am

I have the same interest. I raise alpacas in the Smokey Mountain area. I have the herbs and fiber(started 3 years ago). I now want to dye my fiber. I have tons of tansy and want to make sure I do this process correctly.
I put water/vinegar and fiber in one area. Then boil the tansy in water to make dye solution and strain. Drain fiber and add to to dye solution.


Annie February 1, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Cynthia, thank you for your comment over at my blog–I’m so happy to have discovered your space here! I share your passion for gardening and herbs and live in the same region as you. I love what you said about your aunt showing you how to roll the leaves to release their scent. I remember my mom doing this, and was delighted that my two and a half year old daughter enjoyed learning this over the last summer. She has learned to identify most of the herbs in our garden–a little herbalist in the making!


Brynn Dahlquist February 9, 2013 at 12:59 pm

I heard about you over at Small Things and am so excited to begin reading your blog. We live in that very same Gorge, out in the National Forest simplifying and enjoying our gorgeous area. I’m so interested in learning more about all the herbalism our area has to offer!


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