Monday Memories

Happy Monday everyone!!

It’s a special Monday for me… Its my Thursday, as I will be off camping this Wednesday to the Southern tip of Illinois. My husband found a unique spot, right on the Ohio river. We will be bringing the kayaks for a bit of paddling. I’m sure you will read about it later. I hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day weekend!!

For a Great Spring Lawn Display, Design Now!

Bulbs in the lawnWhere to plant and what type of bulbs varies with how the gardener wants to deal with the remaining leaves after blooming. The leaves must be allowed to stay long enough to gather energy for next year. Taller bulb varieties must not be mowed down until early summer. Shorter leaved varieties can be mowed over, as leaf height is close to the same height of grass. My experience deems these shorter varieties have a better chance for survival, as most residents feel the need to mow their lawn as early as possible.


Plants That Bite! Stinging Nettle – Urtica dioica


I was bitten… By a PLANT! Well, stung would be more like it. I looked down to see I had grabbed a hold of some stinging nettle or Urtica dioica. As I rubbed out the prickles*, I decided I would provide this post as a public service message to all of you that want to become horticulturists. This job is DANGEROUS! It would be safer to become a fireman, cop or perhaps a crash test dummy…

*In botanical terms, thorns are derived from shoots, spines are derived from leaves and prickles are derived from the epidermis and can be found anywhere on the plant.

Another hypothesis is that nettle’s aerial parts may interfere with the body’s production of prostaglandins and other inflammation-causing chemicals. Subsequently, nettle may have an anti-inflammatory effect. It may also heighten responses of the immune system. Chemicals in nettle’s aerial parts are also thought to reduce the feeling of pain or interfere with the way that nerves send pain signals. All of the effects may reduce the pain and stiffness of arthritis and other similar conditions.

Nettle has been studied and shown promise in treating:

Arthritis, Bladder infections, Bronchitis, Gingivitis, Gout, Kidney stones, Multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Prostate enlargement, Sciatica and Tendinitis.


The Little Sunflower That Could

imageWhen I saw the tiny cotyledons poking out of the cement, I knew it was a sunflower. However, I never thought it had a chance… It was growing right in the main thoroughfare to the front door of my home. This is where the UPS, FedEx, USPS person, all unwanted solicitors, friends, neighbors, neighborhood dogs, and we come through. Really, I would have taken a few baby pictures had I thought it would survive to flowering.

For life to have happened in such adverse conditions is downright difficult to believe. This little survivor should teach us that life is amazing, must be enjoyed and should not ever be taken for granted!




Platanus occidentalis – The Sycamore Tree


The sycamor is a favorite tree of mine! =-)

The American Sycamore Tree (American sycamore, eastern sycamore, buttonwood or buttonball tree) is native to the central and eastern United States, growing in all states east of the great plains except for Minnesota.

It’s botanical name, Platanus occidentalis, originates from “platy” Greek for broad, and “occidere” Latin for “to set, as in the sun,” meaning of the west. Sycamores are generally regarded to be the most massive tree indigenous to eastern North America.
Sycamores grow quickly and can live for hundreds of years.

Their bark have a camouflage pattern of peeling bark, like tan, gray and brown puzzle pieces which eventually turn to a smooth white on mature trunks and branches. They have large, stiff leaves resembling maples in shape, and make excellent shade trees for urban settings. Sycamores prefer sandy soils along streams, flood plains and rivers.


19 thoughts on “Monday Memories

  1. Two points. 1. It would sound nicer if you said “Federico bought me flowers…..” rather that “My husband bought me flowers.”
    2. I had a stonemason here last year rebuilding a wall and he had bad arthritis in his fingers. One day he spied a lot of stinging nettles. He jumped up in delight and grabbed a handful and rubbed them all over his hands. He then did the same every day from then on until he finished the job. And I’m still too scared to try it on my own claws. But he swore by it.


  2. Tenacious little sunflower! Nature cannot be stopped 🙂 I’m currently watching with fascination a certain little maple seedling that has taken root inbetween the cracks in the sidewalk at the corner of our block. It is now about 6 inches high. Privately, I’m cheering for it and amazed that no one has stepped on it or decided to pull it out.

    Hope you enjoy your long weekend. Happy kayaking. Spending a weekend on or near water sounds perfect 🙂


  3. Happy paddling. I planted some bulbs yesterday. Routine stuff: daffs, two-lips, alliums and something else I have forgotten. I have lots more on order. I just need to decide where to put them. I bought the RHS encyclopedia of plants and flowers. Brilliant book. Is there an American equivalent?


    • I love bulbs. They seem to come out of no where in the spring. Something I need to see after only shades of grey.
      The tough part about plant books here is that the U.S. is about 7 different zones and even more environments for plants. One book can’t cover it all.. if it did, it would be confusing.
      Although, I do have a fav ‘woody plant’ book by Michael A. Dirr (Manual of Woody Landscape Plants). This man knows his plants!
      My other is a perennial book written by a professor of mine. Great photos and simple growing tips. Written for landscapers.
      I’ll have to check out your RHS encyclopedia!


  4. Enjoy your camping trip!!

    I’m not a finger nail painter (I’m sure you’re not shocked!)
    But I am always impressed with how fun your nails are!! Especially since you are a dirt digger !!

    As for that brave little sunflower! Way to survive big guy!!


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