Last week I was having one of those busy weeks we all have. Admittedly, my writing efforts were MEH.
I did make quite a few observations that I didn’t get a chance to put into words, so perhaps by showing up again this week, I can produce something with a bit more oomph.
I’m not promising great googly moogly (our new family word of the week), but I’ve got a few thoughts and pictures I think I can string together in somewhat of a talented fashion.
A few things you will never see in my garden are bulbs. I’m just not a bulb kind-a-person. In fact, let’s get this one out-of-the-way too! I detest hostas. Abhor them.
That and the word moist. Try making it through a gardening season with those two words hanging in the balance. The fight is real. I have to pace myself, as to not lose all sensibility. Oh, and don’t even get me started if they are used together in the same sentence, all I can say is BLAAAAAACH!!!
Anyway, back to the beginning when I said I’m not into bulbs… I do, however, have an all out crush on herbs and various old-fashioned plants that make me euphoric as Oprah giving away Christmas gifts.
One herb that shoots cupid arrows at my heart is Pulmonaria Officinalis. So much so, that I disappeared on an internet quest of plant discovery, last week. My garden hero and mentor calls it William and Mary. Another trusted advisor uses the name Lungwort. I thought it might be a cool, rainy day activity to find out other names for this herb/plant I adore so much.
First off, I discovered that WORT – as in Lungwort, simply means PLANT. As in, I have a garden full of worts! 600 worts to be precise.
Instead of trying to hide the truth and worrying if a white van of hosta lovas’ is going to abduct me, I made whoopee with a slippery devil called the plant dictionary and here’s the stuff I found out-
Lungwort/Pulmonaria also goes by these names:
- Mary’s Milk/Mother Mary’s Milk
- Soldiers & Sailors
- Spotted Mary
- Spotted Dog
- Jerusalem Cowslips
- Mary & Joseph
- William & Mary (not sure who they are, but I think I like this one better than Mary & Joe)
- Oak Lungs
- Lung Moss
- Jerusalem Sage
- Bethlehem Sage
According to lore, plants were named based on the organs or ailments they treated. Thus, pulmonaria, lung moss, oak lungs, etc. was used to treat lung conditions. It must have worked miracles too; I think I may get how Mary got involved. That explains the Jerusalem + Bethlehem references too.
Oh, and just so you get your Quid in this Quo, Pulmonaria Officinalis is low-maintenance. I know how you get all tingly when you hear that phrase. I am trying to tickle your fancy so let me also say that this herbaceous little lovie is also deer, rabbit and squirrel resistant. I’m looking at your right now, Ms. Elen. Put this guy in your gardening toolbox.
I hope that by sharing my quest with you, some information passed between us. A giggle or a belly laugh. I’d love to tell you that I have a precise editorial calendar all laid out for the summer, but I don’t. All I know for sure is that I’m going back to my landscape job tomorrow.
I, JUST SO EXCITED (I sound just like Scarlet from Gone With The Wind); I think I might faint, or explode. Both would be a sight to see. I still owe a bunch of you a post on what I do as a Landscaper. It’s the bomb-Diggity ( second time I’ve used this word today!), and it’s equally appropriate in both cases.
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