Thursday, May 6, 2010

P is for ...

Jenny Matlock


Poppies are so pretty, every garden should have a few.
This is a poppy that I grew a few years ago from some seed shared by a friend.  Not the best specimen, but a poppy nonetheless. 

I plan to plant breadseed poppies in the garden this fall, along with my favorites- Tasha Tudor Lettuce Leaf Poppies, they are a lovely pink color and just beautiful.  I was sad to see that the seed is no longer offered on the website ... I suppose her family members aren't gardeners.  Nevertheless, there are many types of poppy seeds to be found. Check out all the varieties at Botanical Interests!  If you like unusual plants, you might like this Himalayan Blue Poppy from Seedsavers Exchange.  I'm tempted to try growing it, though it says it prefers cool climates, which mine is definitely not!  Early May and 90's already ... (sigh). 

Poppy seed is used in many delicious treats such as Poppy Seed Kolaches.  I still remember eating these in the kitchen of my best friend's grandmother when I was in school (and that was a loonngg time ago)... they were delicious, and someday I'll try making them myself.  Poppy Seed Muffins are a quick snack or breakfast, as are these Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies (And yes, I do sometimes have cookies and tea for breakfast ... don't tell the children, though!) 

OK, if you are wondering about herbs ... skip the opium poppies please, and go out in your yard and find some Plantain.

Yes, this weed is really a very helpful herb. 
Plantain is very high in vitamins A and C and in calcium.  Young leaves make a nice addition to your salad, or put a few on a sandwich.  Plantain leaves are used to relieve the torture of poison ivy and other itchy rashes, soothe the pain of bee stings and insect bites, and promote healing of sores and bruising.  You can crush the leaves to make a poultice, or plan ahead and make some plantain salve to have on hand when you need it. 

OK, that's it for this edition of Alphabe-Thursday ... I'm ready for tea and cookies! 

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  1. I love poppy seed in bread. Yum!!

  2. I love that poppy, I may have to try some in my garden! Thanks for a great P post!!

  3. I love stopping by here, I always learn something new!

  4. Catherine I could not find your email address to reply to your comment on my blog. I would love some seeds.
    email me @ antiqgirl at gmail dot com
    Linda @ A La Carte

  5. Hi Catherine, I always spend hours on the poppy pages of the seed catalogs. One of my friends grew the breadseed poppies and now has all kinds of volunteers.

    Do you think the plantain would eventually grow into a plantain tree? Or is that another variety?

    I really enjoyed this pleasant little stop on my journey through Alphabe-Thursday's letter "P".

    Thanks for always making our stop here so precious!


  6. isn't their something about poppies making you sleepy?

  7. Catherine, I keep saying I'm going to plant poppy seeds. I must in the fall! I saw a yard recently full of poppies. It covered the entire lawn. I stopped and took photos. The poppies were red.
    Thanks for sharing the information.

  8. I love plantain ... so nice in creams for irritated skin

  9. Great P Post, I love baking lemon & poppy seed muffins, one of my faves.

  10. I love poppies too but how come so beautiful stinks LOL they really do not have a good fragrance

  11. I love poppy seed dressing. My favorite hands down!

  12. I love lemon poppy seed bread. I googled the Tasha Tudor Lettuce Leaf poppies, but couldn't find a very good image. Is that the variety you have pictured above? There is a plant here near the beaches in Asia that locals know takes the pain out of jellyfish stings. Your post makes me realize that I've never stopped to find out what it is.


Thanks for sharing your thoughts!