Y and Z are for ...


Sorry I missed last week's class ... I'm sure there is a good reason for it, but I just can't remember what that would be at the moment!

Anyway, on to the last 2 letters in our Alphabe-Thursday trek through the alphabet. 

Yarrow is a great herb to grow, and most likely it is already growing nearby if you have any wild and weedy spots around your home.  Yarrow has many medicinal uses, but my favorite is its ability to stop bleeding and quickly heal wounds.  This is a great trick to know if you are hiking or even working outside and get a cut or scratch.  Take a yarrow stem, chew it up (it has an interesting flavor, it's medicine OK), take that lovely green goo and slap it on your wound, cover it with a bandage, and the bleeding should stop very soon.  You can just bruise the leaves a bit and stick the whole stem on your cut.  And for a more civilized way of making a yarrow poultice, take the stem and mash it up with some water and put it onto the wound. 
Yarrow is also used for many other things from pain relief to bug repellant.  Culpepper said it would even prevent baldness.  Quite an herb, yarrow!


Zinnias are among my favorite flowers, mainly because they remind me of my grandma who always grew zinnias and delphiniums without fail every year.  I've yet to be able to grow a decent delphinium, but zinnias I can do. 

This isn't the photograph I had planned to use, but my camera and computer are having communication issues again, so it will have to do.  The darker pink flowers in this photo are a type of zinnia ... though I don't remember their name now.  We are growing Peppermint Stick Zinnias and some lovely dwarf zinnias this year, which I had hoped to show you.  One of my favorites is a gorgeous green variety called Envy.  Check out the many different varieties that Botanical Interests has here.

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  1. I too am a Zinniz lover, and have grown them for several years. My students love to pick them and take a bunch to their moms. I have really enjoyed reading your posts each week. Thank you for participating in Alphabe each week.

  2. Wonderful 'Y' & ‘Z’ post – and great Zinnia pic too!

    It’s been such fun reading great posts like yours over the past 26 weeks!

    Have a lovely weekend,


    PS Mine this time is HERE. Hope you can join me!

  3. I enjoyed so much learning about different herbs and things from your blog. Thanks for sharing all your knowledge through Alphabe-Thursday. Great job.

  4. I've never seen this smaller type of zinnia. Very interesting!


  5. I love zinnias, they make me smile! I never knew Yarrow had so many uses, not sure I ever even knew what Yarrow was until today!!

  6. Beautiful flowers! I don't know that I'd ever heard of Yarrow, thanks for the useful information!

  7. Great Y & Z posts! I did Zinnias also as I love these hardy little flowers.

  8. I love yarrow - what a hard-working and dependable plant. I just planted a third one this week, after watching how well the others have done.
    I hope you'll be able to post photos of your peppermint stick zinnias - I'm intrigued.

  9. i have always loved yarrow ... especially dried and used as a natural decoration in the home ... and i love the fragrance from it ... it seems so comforting. thanks for the info!

  10. I've learned something new. I had no idea the yarrow plant could be used in that way. I'll have to keep my eye out for some. Pretty pink zinnias too.

  11. Catherine, I want to check out the green variety. Sounds interesting. ~ sarah

  12. Zinnias and yarrow. Lovelysummer flowers! Zinnias are my favorite!

    I always love stopping here for a ray of sunshine and a smile.

    Alphabe-Thursday is lucky to have you link up! And so are we!

    I am really loving the "envy" variety. They add so much to bouquets!


  13. I was surprised no one did yarrow last week. Such an obvious choice to me, but then I didn't do it either! I grow yarrow and never knew it could stop bleeding. In my little world of mishaps, this is good information.


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