D is for ...

Jenny Matlock


Dandelion

Daisy
Dill and ...
Digitalis (commonly known as Foxglove, but then that would be an F word ... and well, that's for another week ... OK? ...!) Digitalis.

I really love these D plants and grow them all in my garden.

Yes, even Dandelion, though it has a bad reputation as being a "weed", it is really a very helpful herb. It is full of good for you things like iron, vitamin C, vitamin A ... so be nice to those Dandelions, OK? Pick the leaves and add them to a salad, cook them up in a stir fry, etc. I've even read about making Dandelion wine, but I don't know that I'll ever gather that many of those little yellow flowers, it takes lots; but I do put Dandelion flowers into my jar of sun tea!
In my family they are called "Wishflowers" because you simply must make a wish and blow those little puffballs of seeds away whenever you see one. For more info. on Dandelion, click here.

Daisies are just sweet, simple flowers and my favorite kind to buy as cut flowers because they last a long, long time. Shasta daisies are my favorite and are fairly easy to grow.

Dill, is a yummy herb, and sort of like Dandelion ... once it is growing in your garden, you won't have to worry about replanting, it will happily do that itself! Caterpillars love Dill also, so you may find yourself with some hungry, hungry critters munching your Dill plants.

Digitalis is such a beautiful flower, it ranks high on my list of favorites. I do add a word of caution about Digitalis however for those who have children playing near the garden ... Digitalis can be deadly if consumed! I never grew this plant until my children were old enough to fully understand the meaning of "Do not even think about touching those plants!".
So, I suppose we should add dangerous to Digitalis as well. If you'd like to read more about Digitalis, click here.


(a Digitalis from one of my gardens ...please ignore that pesky grass!)


OK, that's it from me in today's round of Alphabe-Thursday. Don't miss out on the fun, visit Jenny Matlock today to read other Delightful dissertations featuring the Letter D!

Comments

  1. Daisies are one of my favorite! I can't wait to get my hands in the dirt! Happy thoughts of spring!

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  2. Daisies are one of my favorite flowers too. I had no idea digitalis was such a pretty flower, just lovely. Glad you liked my pix of the capitol. We love Whole Foods too (and Central Market!) Do you shop at the flagship store on Lamar? It's amazing. Kathy

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  3. Great flowers you mention. I love the digitalis

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  4. I'm so glad I found your blog as I too love organic gardening, natural healing...

    I have joined you on Twitter (I am Relax_Naturally) and will do the same on facebook in a minute - LOL

    I do most of my writing and teaching on Squidoo.

    Dandelions are awesome !

    Organically Yours,
    Diana

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  5. Daisy's are my favorite flower. I had some Shasta Daisy's that I loved but then when we had our house redone, I think the people might have killed one. I still had one and after one winter they didn't come up again. I'm not sure if all the snow killed them or what. Last year half way into the summer one very small bit of it did come back. I think I need to buy more.

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  6. I know digitalis well as a medication since I am RN. It looks so pretty as a flower :-)

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  7. It's really strange how many flowers are poisonous. I used to have a list of them when my kids were small and I had room for extensive gardens.

    I always love your flower posts. I actually forgot about wishflowers!

    A+

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  8. Catherine, I always look forward to your posts because I learn more about flowers. I always make a wish on a dandelion!

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  9. i love wishing on a dandelion ... i am enjoying these plant posts ... so interesting and pretty!

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  10. Thanks so much for sharing all your D plants today! Can't wait until spring is here! You are always welcome to visit my Shabby Cottage. Warm hugs, esther

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  11. I didn't even knew Dandelions has nutrional value or the Digitalis are deadly, learn something new today, thanks

    & thanks for your visit to my alphabe-thursday

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  12. Hi Catherine,

    Just stopping by to read your "D" words. I have a sister that is a ministers wife and they also live in TX--strange and funny how small the world is!

    Hope you and your family have a great Valentine's Day weekend. God is good!

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  13. I love daisies. Even had them at my wedding. Wish I could grow them.

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  14. I didn't cut back my dill plants one year....I sure learned from that mistake the next year! LOL
    Judy

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  15. I can't wait until April because I go along the country roads and pick daisies and put them in glass jars. I am doing my niece's wedding in may and we are going to a flower farm in franklin tn to pick for her wedding and then put them in "found vases". I adore flowers!

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  16. I love it that you love dandelions! To me they're an absolute pain - they take over between the plants and I can never get the whole root out! Next time I weed I will remember your words!

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  17. Well you certainly did a lot with that one letter! As for me...D is for Deborah, a fool for Christ! Hehe...

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  18. so cool! Alliteration Nation! But with a single letter..ok...Good job with your garden. Now I feel like I should go outside and pull some weeds. You can't see my flowers for the weeds right now. In my defense, it has been raining...

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