daisies

My Shasta Daisies are blooming. I didn’t know that they have been around for more than 4,000 years and are part of 12,000 species. The name comes from Old English meaning Day’s Eye. Prolific flowers that bloom during the day and close at night. They are actually two flowers in one, the center is a flower in itself. The leaves are full of vitamin C and great in salads. They have been known to cure cough and helps digestion. It is said that they are heal bruises and back pain. They represent purity, innocence and beauty and are found everywhere except Antarctica. They are drought resistant and last a long time in vases, quite perfect perennials and the best part is that bees love them.

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peony time

My backyard is a bevy of flying architects, nuthatch, cardinals, brown thrashers, titmouse, and Carolina wrens are building in every birdhouse, gardenia bush, and holly. The thrashers outside my bedroom winter that hatched last week are already gone. Peonies, roses, iris, lavender etc. etc. are flourishing.  Redolent peonies can live for a hundred years and the roots were used to treat convulsions. In the middle ages peonies were used to ward off evil spirits and to reduce pain in childbirth. In Asia the tea made from peonies is thought to improve memory. Did you know peonies are one of the most popular image used as a tattooo?

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dogwood trees

Dogwood trees are some of the most versatile trees. Birds eat the berry, Native America used the wood for arrow shafts and basket and the roots were used for dye.  Extracts from the tree were used for medicinal purposes and the bark was used to treat mange. Mine are blooming late this year.

facts dogwood tree
versatile dogwood