Five Species in a Bucket

Previous species:

1.  Clematis
2.  Garlic
3.  Delphinium
4.  Daylily
5.  Dianthus
6.  Daisy

My daughter-in-law did it again.  This time she filled the wooden bucket from a broken ice cream maker with an arrangement of flowers.  Jessie drilled seven holes in the bottom of the wooden bucket (in case anyone else wants to re-use an old ice cream maker).  I saw a perfect opportunity for 100 Species.   With pen and paper in hand, I asked Jessie to identify each flower.  Typical of a born teacher, she challenged me to name the plants I knew first. 

How many can you name?

7.  Lobelia (blue flowers at bottom)  Named after Matthias Lobel, this plant has been used to treat asthma, food poisoning, and used to help stop smoking.  All I know is never, never, never skip a day watering lobelia!

8.  Verbena (pink flowers on side and bottom)  Ha!  Verbena taught me a new word:  it is  a galactagogue.  A galactagogue is a substance to induce lactation.  Verbum means word in Latin.  That is how I plan to remember this plant.  See how unscientific I am?

9.  Cosmos (orange in the middle)  Click here for a fun site full of information about Cosmos.  I learned that Cosmos produces “showy flowers in an orderly arrangement of cosmic proportions.”  The article claims they are the best annual for hot, dry conditions.  There you have it.  Cosmos.

10.  Salvia (spiky purple plants on top)  Salvia is part of the sage family.  I was surprised when Jess told me this was salvia, because it was different from the salvia in my garden.  She took a petal from each flower and showed me the distinctive shape (see below).  Wikipedia: “The name Salvia derives from the Latin salvere, which means “to heal”.   Indeed this herb  is highly regarded for its healing qualities.  An ancient proverb states, “Why should a man die who has sage in his garden?”

11.  Diachondra  (look at next picture for a close up)  Some have called this a “little weedy plant” — now I remember it!  I planted diachondra in my flower garden, and the little terriers tried to overtake any plant, regardless of size.  A good plant for hanging baskets. 

Salvia petal


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