Archive for July 27th, 2008

27
Jul
08

Mystery Flower Update

On Friday I posted 2 flowers that I couldn’t identify, and after going through my reference books again I finally found out what one of them is.  The flower pictured below is a “Maryland Figwort”.  According to the book, the common name figwort refers to the early use of the plants in the treatment of hemorrhoids, an ailment once known as “figs.”  The plants were also used as a tonic; in the 1800’s, an infusion of the roots was given as a treatment for insomnia and anxiety.  Hmmm, you learn something new every day I guess.  Now if I could just figure out what the other flower is.

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27
Jul
08

There’s No Such Thing As “Too Many Wildflowers”

I just can’t seem to get enough of them.  I love the wide variety of flowers that I find wherever I look, especially the ones that are a little more rare.  To find one of these unexpected treasures is a real gift.  Here’s a few pics I took on my walk yesterday.

Canada Thistle

Butter & Eggs

Spreading Dogbane

Bull Thistle   (beautiful but deadly)

Fireweed

Beetle on a milkweed leaf.




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