Sunday, September 16, 2018

Late Summer Meadows

The wildflowers continue to share their beauty, despite the lack of rain.
It has been a dry HOT summer.
Cooler nights have finally prevailed. 
And so as we transition into the gentler days of Autumn I share with you the last few flowers of our summer meadows...



 
Joe Pye Weed, Eupatorium purpureum, is an amazing plant that is an herb, a wildflower, a butterfly plant and an ornamental for the flower bed.
It obtained its name after a Native American herbalist, named Joe-Pye, cured fevers using the Eupatorium plant.
Though 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.

I 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 medicinal herb.

Yarrow has also been used as a food, and was very popular as a vegetable in the seventeenth century.
The younger leaves are said to be a pleasant leaf vegetable when cooked as spinach, or in a soup.
Yarrow is sweet with a slight bitter taste. The leaves can also be dried and used as a herb in cooking.

 


Solidago, commonly called goldenrods, are herbaceous perennial species found in the meadows and pastures, along roads, ditches and waste areas in North America.
Parts of some goldenrods can be edible when cooked, they can also be used for decoration and making tea.
Goldenrods are, in some places, held as a sign of good luck or good fortune.
They are considered weeds by many in North America but they are prized as garden plants in Europe.



The goldenrod is yellow,
The corn is turning brown;
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.

The gentian's bluest fringes
Are curing in the sun;
In dusty pods the milkweed
Its hidden silk has spun.

The sedges haunt their harvest,
In every meadow's nook;
And asters by the brookside
Make asters in the brook.

From dewy lanes at morning
The grapes' sweet odors rise;
At noon the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies.

By all those lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer's best of weather,
And autumn's best of cheer.

September ~ Helen Hunt Jackson 1830-1885

 

7 comments:

Susie said...

Jo, You certainly know lots about the flowers. I love seeing them and hearing about them. You always have the nicest poems and quips. Blessings for a wonderful new week ahead. xoxo, Susie

L. D. said...

I really like seeing your special wild flowers. I have seen Joe Pye in many different gardens but have never ever seen it for sale. Golden rod did grow wild on the farm i southern Iowa. I know you need rain but I hope the hurricane now storm doesn’t give you too much water.

It's.a.crazy.world said...

What lovely photos you post, and all that goes with it. Thanks for sharing!

DJan said...

Wonderful to see your beautiful flowers, Jo. Have a great week! :-)

Henny Penny said...

Wildflowers are the most beautiful of flowers, to me anyway. :) The Goldenrods are blooming here too, and I am so tempted to cut them and bring them inside. I think of you when I see Queen Anne's Lace and Goldenrods.

Lowcarb team member said...

Such lovely photographs and I enjoyed the poem too.
Thank you.

All the best Jan

Janice Kay Schaub said...

beautiful poem. I would love to get some Joe Pie weed for my garden. My garden is all dried up now although rain today is too late to save it. Walking yesterday showed that the wildflowers are no better. Time for Autumn and the beauty of the leaves I think
Luv Janice