New Project

I’ve been running Alchemy Works for 18 years, but the older I get, the more difficult it is for me. I do everything for the shop–I create all the formulas, source all the materials, make all the products, create the labels, pack and ship all the orders, maintain the site, do the taxes, everything. I’ve […]

Mandrake Pests & Aluminum Foil

Aphids are foiled!

Mercury to the rescue! I noticed that my mandrake babies were looked a little down in the mouth, and an examination revealed a massive infestation of aphids and spider mites. Yes, it’s my fault–I’ve been ignoring them.

Washing off the leaves by holding the plant upside-down in a gentle spray of […]

Buds!

Tasmianian violet, jasmine, and stephanotis

I bought several tropical plants a few months ago. One of them is stephanotis, a plant which has fascinated me for years on account of its scent. But I had heard it could take years to bloom (ten years from seed). I decided to go ahead and get a […]