Tenacity

Tenacity – the quality or fact of continuing to exist; persistence.  Our tenacious azaleas continue to bloom even in December.

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…

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…

Purple

Purple, since ancient times, has been the color associated with royalty because only the very wealthy and influential could afford purple cloth.  The process of making the dye was difficult, long, and costly.   Purple cloth was worn by kings, nobles, priests, and magistrates throughout the Mediterranean, by Japanese aristocracy and emperors, by university professors…

Sowing A Seed

  With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see. Ella Wheeler Wilcox  

Travel Theme: Leaves

“The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour…

We still have color !

We’re in a severe drought here in Northeast Georgia and also have had unseasonably warm weather. Maybe those are the reasons we still have brilliant autumn color in mid-November.  Many trees have not yet lost their leaves, so leaf clean-up may continue into December.     Leaves by Elsie N. Brady How silently they tumble down…