May 5, 2009

New Garden Addition

Walking through Farmer’s market the other day I came across a small treasure in a pot.

Echinacea_purpurea_plant Source

Wonder what it is?

Echinacea. I had actually never thought of getting one before, but when I saw it the idea struck me and I wondered how I had never even though of having one. I had heard amazing stories about its healing and anti-cold properties, had taken it in the form of pills or syrup, but never plain. I did some googling and discovered that the leaves can be dried and used to make tea for when you’re feeling a bit under the weather or about to be hit by a cold or a flu.

And to think the thing was $1.7! Totally amazes me! Of course, poor plant was barely home and the guard cat decided to attack it, either thinking it’s so big and scary, or that it just smells so heavenly and inviting (the latter is more likely) and so, as a result, my plant’s leaves are chewed up and have teeth marks all over. Hence, no pictures of the actual plant I got. Thankfully, I managed to save it in time.

On a side note, I have some ideas swimming in my mind. One of them includes some blog sprucing, but I haven’t thought of anything specific yet. The other two need some more brewing still.

Don’t forget about the giveaway! Just leave a comment under the giveaway post (not this one)!



Melanie said...

I got my first coneflowers a couple of years ago. They've grown considerably since then. They're really great low-maintenence plants. I knew they were herbal, but wasn't sure how you would use them. Interesting - Thanks for the info!

The Curious Cat said...

How did you get the layout of your blog to have two separate sides? I use blogger but have no clue on how to obtain this! Hope to explore your blog a little further- just came across it. Looks like we may be rather similiar minded! xxx

~Mrs Sandy~ said...

Just stopping by from SITS and wanted to say hello! The flower is beautiful! I've tried to grow those but they just won't grow:) Have a great day!
Hugs, Sandy

Karen said...

I've been planning on getting a couple of those to plant in our yard. They are one of my favorites!!

Kristin said...

Want to come over and give life to my yard? I don't think I have the touch. Ah ha