Tales of a British expat, transplanted into the lush Tennessee countryside.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Late Summer Meadows
The wildflowers continue to share their beauty, even as Summer's end is drawing near.
nights and mist-filled mornings have finally prevailed.
so as we transition into the gentler days of Autumn I share with you the last
few flowers of our summer meadows.........
Pye Weed, Eupatorium purpureum, is an amazing plant that is an herb, a
wildflower, a butterfly plant and an ornamental for the flower bed.
obtained its name after a Native American herbalist, named Joe-Pye, cured fevers
using the Eupatorium plant.
we tend to think of it as a wildflower in the U.S., it's long been an ornamental
plant in England where our cottage gardens are so popular.
enjoy gathering the flowers, stems and all, to hang from the rafters of my
potting shed. Surprisingly enough they stay vividly colored until late Winter.
The Wild Yarrow, Achillea Millefolium, also known as Milfoil, Soldiers
woundwort, Nose Bleed Weed, Sanguinary, and Devil’s Nettle is a very useful
has also been used as a food, and was very popular as a vegetable in the
younger leaves are said to be a pleasant leaf vegetable when cooked as spinach,
or in a soup.
is sweet with a slight bitter taste. The leaves can also be dried and used as a
herb in cooking.
commonly called goldenrods, are herbaceous perennial species found in the
meadows and pastures, along roads, ditches and waste areas in North America.
of some goldenrods can be edible when cooked, they can also be used for
decoration and making tea.
are, in some places, held as a sign of good luck or good fortune.
are considered weeds by many in North America but they are prized as garden
plants in Europe.