Friday Musings from Prospect Cottage.

In Gardening, Herbs on August 26, 2011 at 8:04 am

Eupatorium purpureum or Joe Pye Weed as it is commonly called is a hardy perennial which likes a sunny spot with a moist soil. Its common name was derived from a Native American who was said to have cured typhoid fever with it by inducing extreme sweating. It was also used as an antisyphilitic. The plant is also a benificial for bees and butterflies.

A bowl of Pot Marigolds, 70 heads to be exact, these ones were used to make an ointment which is excellent for any skin problems. An oil can also be made by covering the heads with sunflower oil, placing in a sunny place for a few days then straining off the resulting beautifully coloured oil. Again an excellent treatment for any skin problems.

This Lysimachia with the variegated leaves will hopefully spread like the plain leaved one. I was careful to plant it where its rapid spread can be absorbed. It too likes a moist situation. It can be divided in Autumn or Spring every 2 or 3 years.

The recent heavy rain has played havoc with the Poppies although they continue to produce masses of new blooms.

I think their seed heads look rather attractive anyway. I wonder if the seeds of these Opium Poppies can be saved and used in cooking? Anyone know ?

The Grapes are slowly starting to ripen in the polytunnel. They are in dire need of some sun which has been very scarce this Summer. Typically the forecast is good for next week just as all the children return to school.

  1. Joe Pye Weed seems to be the must have plant this year. Will it live up to it’s name? The last part anyway!

  2. I planted my first Joe Pye Weed plant last week. I am excited to see it grow and attract all those lovely pollinators. I hope you get some good sun…those grapes look like they just need a bit more before they are ready.

  3. Bridget, I use my poppy seeds for cooking and they appear to be the same kind you have. I also over seed every bed with them in the hopes that they will come up other places in the garden. Also nice to send packets with your letters to friends. Thanks for the lovely post. I have really enjoyed your garden through words and photos this year, thanks for that!

  4. I’ve been told the opium poppy seeds are what we use in baking. But maybe they are for SPECIAL baking…

  5. Joe Pye weed…must have a look to see if we have any.
    Jane x

  6. Glad to see you have so much still in flower.

  7. Dear Bridget, Every year I say I must plant Joe Pye Weed. This fall I really will do it. I didn’t know that’s how it got its name. P. x

  8. Those Poppies look magical and those marigold – wow. Have you seen any particular insects attracted to the Joe Pye Weed?

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