Dainty in White: Country Clematis

  “White… is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black… God paints in many colours; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.”        (G.K. Chesterton)

What I Found On My Walk Down the Road: Joe Pye Weed

It’s everywhere here and attracts butterflies like a magnet.  A flowering plant in the sunflower family, Joe Pye Weed is native to the eastern United States and Canada. But who was Joe Pye anyway?  The plant is reported to have been named for Jopi (pronounced Joe Pye), a  Native American healer who used the plant…

What I found on my walk down the road: Jewelweed, nature’s anti-itch medicine

Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis), also is known as orange jewelweed, common jewelweed, spotted jewelweed, spotted touch-me-not, or orange balsam. It is an annual plant native to North America and has been used by Native Americans and herbalists (and my family) to treat all manner of skin rashes and even insect bites. The leaves and the juice from the stem can be used to treat poison…

Love the blue!

“Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the deity to be a source of delight.”  (John Ruskin) Mophead hydrangea   Lacecap hydrangea   Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day

Tulip poplar

The tulip poplar is one of the largest of the native trees in the eastern United States and is a valuable hardwood tree.  Early European settlers in the U.S. called it “Canoewood” because Native Americans made dug-out canoes from its trunk.  It also is known as Fiddletree, Whitewood, Yellow poplar, and as Tulip-tree because its flowers…

Buds, Blooms, and Berries in February

It’s been warm here in Northeast Georgia.  We had one of the warmest Christmases on record, followed by January snow, and now beautiful weather again. I thought I’d share a few photos from my walk this morning… Buds berries blooms Yes, it is beautiful, warm weather, but I do miss cold weather in the winter.

Don’t eat bananas when the chrysanthemums are in bloom !

Over 30 years ago my allergy specialist advised me not to eat bananas when the chrysanthemums are in bloom.  Apparently they are in the same plant family, and my slight allergy to chrysanthemums could be multiplied several times over if I ate bananas while the chrysanthemum flowers are in bloom.  Because I was not a…

Time enough

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. (Rabindranath Tagore)