Thursday, July 14, 2011

Today's Plant and Yesterday's Yarrow...

This is called Wood Betony, it is a member of the lamb's ear family. It is a nice upright flower in a tidy clump, both are requirements for this garden. It is said to ward off evil spirits, well maybe.

More about yesterday's yarrow plants. They don't ask for a lot of water, as a matter of fact they will do better with hardly any. And they are fantastic for drying. I was wondering if Gail has any at the Farm, if not, she may next year.

They are called Gold Yarrow, Achillea filipendulina (asteraceae). Some are named Coronation Gold and Cloth of Gold, mine are just plain Gold. And they have lots of medicinal purposes, hence the name Achillea, because it is said they healed Mr. Achilles, you know, the one with the bad heel. What would I do without Google?

Now, all you crafters, it is time to make fall stuff. I made these last year and they sold really well at the show. It's Renee's pattern, at Crow's Roost Prims.

Happy gardening today.


Linda ★ Parker's General said...

Very familiar with yarrow. It comes in many colors. Red is very striking, as well. It does spread all over though. Hard to contain.But it is very beautiful!

TheCrankyCrow said...

The wood betony is beautiful!! Is it terribly invasive like lamb's ear? Your little pumpkin guy is cute too! Have a wonderful day!! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Kynda said...

Yes, they have lots of yarrow at The Farm, but yours looks like a bigger bloom. It's so pretty. and I love the betony. I want one of those! xoxo