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Monday, April 16, 2012

Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, 2012

Earth Day
April 22, 2012
Good morning, All!  Just wanted to share a few thoughts with you this morning on Earth Day.  I feel about Earth Day as Ray Stannard Baker felt about Christmas
Day.  See post entitled To All In Texas and Beyond, Merry Chirstmas, Ya'll.

With Mr. Stannard's blessing (I hope) this is how I would rewrite his quote to express my feelings about Earth Day.

I sometimes think we expect too much of Earth Day.  We try to crowd into it a whole years worth of loving Mother Earth and the plants and creatures that dwell on her.  As for me and mine, we like to take Earth Day a little at a time, all through the year.  And thus I walk my prairie and woodland path into the Spring, let it overtake me unexpectedly, waking up some fine morning and suddenly saying to myself:

Spider Lily
Hymenocallis liriosme
Why this and everyday is Earth Day!

The Native Plant Society of Texas, Winnsboro Chapter, will be meeting this Thursday!  We meet at 6:00 at Art & Espresso on Market Street in Winnsboro, Texas.  We would love for you to attend our meetings.  Feel free to bring your mystery plants, a field guide or two and a friend or loved one for a fun and fact filled hour about plants.  If you need more information, please call me at 903-866-3606.

Now come take a virtual walk with me and let's see what has been blooming around here this April.

Achillea millefolium

Yarrow is one of my favorite plants.  She is so versatile and beautiful in her own wild way.  You will see Yarrow blooming now along roadsides and in pastures.  From a distance it will look a little like Queen Anne's Lace.  The Yarrow leaves are feathery like a fern and the flower of the Queen Anne's Lace are claret-colored or pale pink before they open, then bright white and rounded when in full flower.

Milfoil (Yarrow) makes an excellent plant for the yard and is extensively cultivated.  A tea from the leaves is said to be good for fever and restful sleep.  Many other medicines are made from all parts of this plant, including a blood coagulant and a local anesthetic.  Wildflowers of Texas, G. Ajilvsgi

Showy Primrose or Pink Evening Primrose
Oenothera specios
The Pink Evening Primrose is not the Primrose so prized by herbalist for it's medicinal qualities.  But, this plant has taken up Spring residence in my garden.  So, I have been using her to make some oil and tincture.  If you come across this plant, gently pick a flower and do like any kid would do!  Hold it against your nose for a face full of butter colored pollen!

Pink Evening Primrose is anti-microbial (assists the body in resisting and destroying microbes), anti-inflammatory (reduces the redness, heat and swelling of inflammation when used internally or externally), anti-ulcer (herbs used to treat ulcers in the stomach and upper part of the small intestine), anti-pyretic (reduces fever), and analgesic (relieving pain, taken internally or applied externally).

The greens of this plant are edible but best used before flowering.

Prairie Spiderwort
Tradescantia occidentalis

Prairie Spiderwort is blooming in all sorts of colors this year.  I have seen violet to a dark purplish blue and have even seen a white one.  They are growing along the roadways now.  The leaves and flowers of this plant are edible, they can be eaten raw or boiled.  The root is poisonous!  Contains saponin so please avoid the root.  The Dakota Indians used this plant as a love charm while singing.  Information from Wildflowers of Texas, G. Ajilvsgi

Enough for today.  Time to get to work!  Remember, let everyday be Earth Day for you and yours.  Simple acts such as planting wildflowers, heck, even not mowing them down until they have seeded, helps the Earth
Salvia greggii
Autumn sage, Cherry sage,
Gregg salvia
Photo by Dana Michael
tremendously.  The bees will love you!  How about planting something the bees love like Salvia or Sage?  Now, Salvia will take over your garden, so be mindful where you plant her.  She is a great plant to share so if she gets a little unruly, just pull her up and put her in a pot and give her to someone that loves bees, butterflies and hummers!

Oh, and remember!
The Winnsboro Farmers Market opens this Saturday!  Visit the new website:  www.winnsborofarmersmarket.com.  The website is beautiful!

This month's herb class The Wild Side of Herbs will be Wednesday and Saturday of this week!  Let me know if you are interested in joining us for an afternoon herb walk, discussion and some simple herbal medicine making!  You can email or call me.  Susan....stdragonfly@yahoo.com or 903-866-3606.

As always, Herbally yours, Susan

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
Native American proverb


  1. A wise reminder to make everyday Earth Day, I couldn't agree more.
    Lovely to see your garden too.

  2. I have many of these plants in my garden, and I enjoy them so much. I would like to think that I take every day as an opportunity to honor mother nature. I treasure it immensely. Your photos are beautiful!

    1. Thank you for the compliment on the photos. I just love my digital camera! I can take all the plant photos I desire. I am so happy we share so many of the same plants. They definitely make me happy!

  3. Lovely to see some friendly faces and some that are new to me, and hear how you use them - Happy Earth Everyday!
    maggie x

    1. Maggie, I am so happy you are enjoying my little and big "friends"! We love them all, even the ones with not so reputable dispositions! Because they are usually very interesting or beautiful plants. And yes, they are all so useful! And delicious! Happy Earth Day to you and yours!

  4. Lovely earth day post. Glad to have found your blog through Lucinda's link.

    1. Good morning, Bridget! I am so happy you have found your way to North East Texas through the blog! Please check back weekly! There is always something going on around here! Have a lovely day!

  5. Lovely garden tour! So agree Mother Earth is to be celebrated everyday! Love, Leslie

    1. Leslie, thank you so much! I am so glad you loved the garden. I do too! And believe me, there is so much natural beauty, but it really is a wild and woolly place!

  6. Love you're reminder about thinking of it every day and the photos of your garden!


    1. Well, I have always felt that we really do try to shove too much into just one day...like Easter, Christmas....Halloween! My fella likes to celebrate birthdays for a month at a time. Which means there is always something fun going on in our lives. So, why not making Earth Day, Earth Year or Life Time! So, I declare there should always be an activity that honors Mother Earth! I guess that is why we live on a farm!

  7. What a beautiful garden you have!! I'm not familiar with the original quote, but I absolutely love what you've done with it. A great reminder to celebrate the Earth each and every day...