Ann, yes, I remember our list, it was a wonderful list and isn't it fantastic that you could use it as a learning tool at your event?!!! Yeah, good for you!!!!! I moved my four lemonbalm plants this spring (and split them up into about 4 each, which made 16 new plants and gave a bunch to my oldest gal). I could not believe the size of the rootball. The plant was say 18 inches across, the the rootball was probably double that width and about the same 18 inches deep, I was astounded. It is definitely not invasive. I think I made a mistake last year with planting a spearment plant in a particular spot (I had grown it in the greenhouse by seed). This year the plant has probably grown about 10 fold. It is obviously so invasive, I must dig it up (not likely at all to get all the underground roots, I know that) and put it into a large container. I knew that it would become invasive, but I didn't realize it could possibly have grown that much in one year in my wildest dreams!!!! I don't think I would even want to find a place on my property to let it grow wild, it scares me the growth above ground, I cannot imagine what it is doing below ground!!!!! EEEKS!!!!!
It is funny how we sometimes follow in our mother's footsteps, you are fortunate that your Mother is involved in the herbalist, you can glean information from her until the cows come home. I know that she would answer any question that you would ever ask her. Yeah!!!! You have a wealth that not many of us could ever imagine to hold in our hands. My oldest daugher, the one that used to be the prissiest thing that you could ever imagine as a teenager and a young woman, now is almost the same as me. Au naturel....She gardens, looks for bugs, events horses, loves to ride in the bushes, raises farm animals. She was assimilated!!!! Gotta laugh. She still has her prissy moments, but she is mostly farm girl now, you can't take that country out of the girl and I am so proud of her. She tells me all the time in her e-mails how much she has become like her mother and how proud she is of herself and her endeavours and loves to listen to my advice (imagine that, 20 years ago she would have told me to stick it where the sun don't shine, LOL&L).
Ann, it sounds like you are very involved with the Society, good for you. That is an interesting aspect of your life, and I would love to hear more. Where do you find the time for your bees, gardens and then to go onto the events that you attend, my hat off to you, girl. Have a wonderful day, beautiful life and great health. Cindi