Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Plants that have silicon hairs

 Plants that have silicon hairs aka plants that Sting you.
 
  Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) produce stinging cells shaped like hypodermic needles that break off when disturbed and inject highly irritating toxins into herbivore tissues. Some stinging cells contain prostaglandins, hormones that amplify pain receptors in vertebrate animals and increase the sensation of pain.

Grasses and sedges contain rows of silica cells in their epidermal layers which give strength and rigidity to the growing leaf blades and deter feeding by chewing insects. 
Seems there are many plants that have some mean defenses. 
Here are a few to be careful of touching .

Nettle family  , there are several kinds!
[URTICA] Nettles


 (Urtica DioicaStinging Nettle. has silicon hairs (trichomes) this nettle has the worst sting but the other 2 listed sting also.
click pictures for larger images
 Small Nettle (Urtica Urens)


 Fen Nettle (Urtica Galeopsifolia)




 A note from experience :>{  Stinging nettle is instant Pain , Jewel weed often grows near and it's juices can relieve the pain. If you don't see it find MUD asap and cover the area .
Jewelweed also good for poison ivy too

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy Fall , sweets and a spell !




No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one autumnal face.
~John Donne 



  Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.  ~Stanley Horowitz

this was made with mostly fall leaves


 1st let me say this is just in jest please don't throw stones or think of burning me at the stake !
 With Halloween around the corner the thoughts of Sweets and Spells come to mind! 
What Sweets do you have in the garden ?
I have lots of flavors in my garden ,mints , tomatoes , herbs & vegis to nibble. 
 
The sweetest thing I have right now is my Stevia Plant aka Sugar Leaf !
I found a good link for the Stevia’s Benefits: and Side effects too...
http://stevia-side-effects.org/











I also found this neat tip about harvesting and restarting the plants.
In harsher climates, however, it might be a good idea to take cuttings that will form the basis for the next year’s crop. Cuttings need to be rooted before planting, using either commercial rooting hormones or a natural base made from willow tree tips, pulverized onto a slurry in your blender. After dipping the cuttings in such a preparation, they should be planted in a rooting medium for two to three weeks, giving the new root system a chance to form. They should then be potted — preferably in 4.5-inch pots — and placed in the sunniest and least drafty part of your home until the following spring. 
found http://www.stevia.net/growingstevia.htm


I found this cool link with a spell for your garden but is for May?
 do you know of any Fall Garden spells ?










Gift from a Flower to a Garden

Protect Your Garden Spell
Incense of the day: Evergreen

During the month of May in colonial America, farmers would bless

their land and pray for a good harvest. Revive this tradition by
performing this spell to protect your garden.

On a May eve,

As the Sun forgets the
light of day,
Fill an earthen vessel
made of clay
With soil from your
sacred ground,
Then add a pinch of
cinnamon,
Spicy and brown,
And a bit of clove to
purify.
Let this be witnessed by
Mother Earth and
Father Sky,
Stir it all with a nail
aged with rust,
Blend these elements
until they're reduced
to dust.

Sprinkle this about each

bed and border,
As you announce your
magical order:
No beast nor fowl from
sky or land
Shall bring harm to this
garden,
Which I protect by my
own hand.
To secure your garden's
protection and fate,
Bury the rusty nail near
your garden gate.



Well I guess I am going to go make up a spell of my own . 
Peace and Happy Gardening !  

Friday, September 9, 2011

Plants and seeds for sale or barter


Okay  I have more plants than I got good sense . I can't just let them die I am potting as fast as I can . I am listing what I have potted now but if there is something you don't see ask ? I may have some?
today is mostly vegis listed but more is coming ! 
Our frost is not suppose to be till mid Oct ... should be time for the tomatoes to make it right ? If you have a greenhouse they will go like crazy !
http://www.victoryseeds.com/frost/nc.html
Plants are local only, must come pick up ! 
Seeds may be shipped for extra ? 

here are links to the type of tomatoes we have available.
Our tomato pots have at least 2  if not 4 small plants each. for $2.50 a pot or 5 pots for $ 10 .

Sweet Million Cherry Tomato Plant


Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomato Plant




Sweet Basil  ,big plants 2.50 or 5 for $10 ready for pesto
short marigold plants orange and reddish 
big plants 2.50 or 5 for $10 , or small 6 packs 
 

for pictures of Plants we have Seeds for, please go here   https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.245079622192569.65867.133830919984107

Here are some of the plants I have plants or seed for ...I think you can click the slide show and go to the album too. 
If you have any questions Please ask ? If you think I may have something you don't see ask? I will be listing the Seeds here too soon so come back and check it out ! peace   

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Plants to ID ? And What would do this ??

My sad herb garden needs help... I started it 3 years ago as a starter bed and it has had many looks since . Now it is messy .It is in need of  TLC ,  Rain and cleaning too. 
I am getting ready to update it and put new name tags in too. Some I know what it is but some I am totally stumped?
I bought this a few years ago ,with a name tag ! It is gone ? and for some reason I can't remember What it is ?It smells really interesting , definitely herb. 


here is a scan after drying
These are everywhere , press well too. I would like to know what they are too?

What is this tree ? It has white fringe tassels 






And What would do this ??


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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Dogwood Fantasy

this was done by scanning dogwood with black satin background.

this was done by using the picture above this on Picasa and picnik.com 
scanned with computer paper background

scanned with computer paper background


scanned with illustration







My gift to you , you may copy this if you like and use the flowers for crafts. 
 Just click the picture and then you can right click it to save it . This is not for anything but your personal uses .
Feel free to share a link of your work too. Peace and Happy Spring 

Thursday, May 12, 2011

What is blooming and visiting our NC garden

Hello everyone here is a little of what keeps us distracted in our yard and garden.
Come back soon for pics of our start of a new Frog pond.




Peace and happy Spring

Saturday, April 23, 2011

DO You know this Duck ?

We had a new visitor today, It did not seem afraid of me at all. maybe it came from a nearby pond that folks spent time there too.





It posed a few shots for me then hurried off to tell the geese I was around .












I was at regular zoom here , then up to 80 zoom on most of the close up shots


Now that it checked on the others, it's back to business


DO YOU KNOW WHAT KIND THIS IS??
DD dropped by here and said it maybe a Pochard  duck?





                    It even visited the mallards in our pond.





the female mallard is camera shy






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