Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Wonderful Surprise! Angelica!

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the right side of the pic is a plant i was really hoping would show up! angelica! i like to stick to working with herbs that are either indigenous to my area or those easily grown here in central illinois.  to the left of the angelica is black cohosh, which is a native species here. i had planted these angelica seeds in this spot, near the black cohosh, way back last spring. well we had such torrential rains on and off all spring and i never saw a thing growing where the angelica was planted, aside from some grass, that i thought they had washed away. imagine my surprise and delight when they finally appeared within the last month! i have always wanted to grow angelica. such a lovely name, and such a history of culinary and medicinal uses angelica has. anti-inflammatory properties, lowers fevers and acts as an expectorant, digestive disorders and bowel complaints are some of the medicinal uses for angelica. for culinary purposes the stems may be candied, cooked with rhubarb, tart fruits and berries to reduce acidity.  and many other lovely way. plus the leaves and seeds are aromatic and may be used in pot-pourris.

such a weird year weather wise, with much more rain than usual, and much cooler temps also. hopefully these plants will overwinter well and i can transplant them to a couple spots in my gardens next spring! i have been quite alot of second flush blooms with these wetter, and cooler days also. i had some echinacea, beebalm, st. john’s wort, verbenas, feverfews, etc put out some lovely second displays of flowers recently!

big herbal and honey hugs to all who visit comfrey cottages:)

3 comments:

lemonverbenalady said...

Leslie, my angelica just keeps getting bigger and better! You will love it! ;>}

Hootie said...

It is a beautiful name. I spent the weekend weeding out the Wintercreeper...what a pain in MY butt...literally! Still lots to pull, but I hope to start my own herb garden next year. I LOVE reading and learning about your garden!

Off to take some more Motrin...:)

comfrey cottages said...

that's cool nancy! i have high hopes for mine:)
oh and hootie, i needed to get some more weeding done but... didn't happen!lol can't wait till you can get your herb garden started! it will be fun hearing about it:)
big hugs to you both and thanks for visiting:)