Saturday, February 5, 2011
Drought and flood
While Ms Tagalong is sitting sticking to her seat with sweat it's hard to think of productive community gardens, water (we now have none in the tanks)and plans for the autumn.
I did want to talk about yarrow. Well, I think that's what it is. It has pink flowers, fluffy leaves and is about the only thing growing in the garden besides the basil and the pumpkins which were also looking very wilted on my last foray into the garden. Talking about forays, I don't think people want to in this weather. They want to go to the beach, sit in a pool and drink long, cool drinks. Ms Tagalong is sure that most of our illustrious members don't actually need the excuse of the hot weather for a long, cool drink!
So, back to yarrow. What is it good for?
Having confirmed that Ms Tagalong's memory is correct, this drought hardy plant, (explains why it is growing in our community garden) is used as a blood stauncher. So those with nosebleeds, go no further, this is all you need.
But be careful; if you read further, It was one of the herbs dedicated to the Evil One, in earlier days, being sometimes known as Devil's Nettle, Devil's Plaything, Bad Man's Plaything, and was used for divination in spells.
If I catch Mr Ideasman or Mario out in the rain, dancing and singing swishing switches of yarrow I shall have to move in with Ms Mova - who knows what might happen being the plaything of a bad man!
Ms Tagalong has just walked into a very thankful garden after last night's deluge.
Unfortunately the taps had been left on so the first torrential downpour watered the concrete!! Thanks Ms Mova for spotting that and now hoping for more rain to replenish some very hollow receptacles.
For those of you who tune in to read only about chickens, you will not be disappointed....next week!