We’re supposed to have a long stretch of rain. I love the grey skies, the cooler weather, the scent of rain in the air before it hits. Unfortunately, I’ll be spending most of my day at my desk with the window open rather than out on my porch. I did take a few photos of the mostly wild flowers in my yard to bring in a little of the outside.
Pink Evening Primrose Flowers
These are pink evening primrose. I haven’t really explored any medicinal or nutritional value they might have. I know evening primrose is a big one for aiding in hormonal issues. I’m not sure if this variety carries the same benefits, however.
These are sunflowers, with a few of the pink evening primrose peaking out from under them. These produce smallish flowers but get really tall, like 6+ feet. I’ve heard that you can cook the flower buds and they taste like artichoke. I may have to try that this year.
Japanese honeysuckle. I know this is an invasive plant and I should hate it. It smells so pretty, though, and the flowers are beautiful. I also learned last night that it has salicylic acid in the leaves and flowers and can be used as a mild pain reliever. (Salicylic acid is aspirin, so don’t try it if you are allergic and always consult your doctor before trying any sort of new medication, natural or not.)
Common Hedge Parsley?
I think I’ve finally identified this final flower. For years, I’ve searched online and used my Picture This app and haven’t seen anything that looked quite like what is growing in my yard. Today it identified it as common hedge parsley. From what I’m seeing online, that seems to fit. While hedge parsley is edible, the look-alike poison hemlock is clearly not. For that reason, I think I will leave it to the bugs and bees to sample.
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