2. Black-eyed Susan
3. Rose of Sharon, Althea
6. Grape Hyacinth
7. Tiger Lily
10. English Ivy
A couple of weeks ago while I was mowing the lawn I was thinking that I needed to identify these plants that are growing around the edges of our yard
and sort of hanging into the lawn itself, at which point I run over them with the lawn mower because they're in the way.
Except I kept forgetting about it, so I never looked them up.
But today I discovered that Susun Weed has youtube videos. Who knew? I love Susun Weed. She knows so much about plants and nutrition and healing. So I noticed that this one had been uploaded recently and was about flu (very topical) so I clicked on it:
HEY! That looks like the plant in our backyard!
I grabbed Annabeth and announced that we were going to go do some science -- plant ID time!
Googled various websites for more pictures like these. And discussed the ways we identify a plant -- how are the leaves placed? the flowers? What is special about what we're seeing? Are we in the normal range of this plant?
Too bad ours are a bit past their prime for making a tincture. If they're back next year, we'll be harvesting some. I think we had a lot this year due to the cool, wet summer -- that part of the yard tends to stay damp. In the meantime, I finally get that the name "boneset" isn't about broken bones. I need to look up and learn more common names of this plant.