Saturday, June 28, 2008

KJ's craaaazy yard!

One of my dearest friends. Kelly Jo, lives in a really cool log cabin home with her man and their baby, and upon buying this place she inherited a wild but wonderful landscape... This clematis is really striking, such a vivid purple...

KJ is a very knowledgeable herbalist and so it makes sense that this Achillea millefolium, Yarrow, grows with such wild abandon... "It opens the pores freely and purifies the blood, and is recommended in the early stages of children's colds, and in measles and other eruptive diseases." I love the umbel flowers swaying in meadows... I have some varieties in the nursery with red or pink flowers, it's great in full sun and can take little water once established...

'Thou pretty herb of Venus' tree,
Thy true name it is Yarrow;
Now who my bosom friend must be,
Pray tell thou me to-morrow.'

Also Stachys byzantina, Lamb's ear, is everywhere! all down the slope and happily seeded into the gravel path... it is so soft and pretty! Also great for super sunny dry locations!

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