Even though the sun had been shining for over half an hour the morning dew still could be seen on the plants and flowers.
I woke up already at five am and since the morning was cool and sunny we went out on our morning promenade. A thin layer of mist were still hoovering above the grounds and a flock of trumpet swans were flying towards the lake. More and more signs of autumn is showing now, especially the birds comming from the north and almost no birds singning any longer.
Lots of dew on these thistle flowers. I think they are really beautiful, but it´s a shame they are so nasty otherwise :-)
I know it´s still summer and August is usually one of the best summer months here, but still the signs are showing. I washed some clothes yesterday and hung them to dry in the sun on the north side of my cottage last night. What I forgot is that we usually have quite heavy morning dew here, so now they are as wet as they were yesterday evening :-) :-) Now they hang in the sun on the south side of my cottage and I hope they´ll dry enough before driving to the vet.
Yarrow. Pick leafs and flowers to dry and if You later on has tummy ache it´s perfect to put some in a cup of tea. It helps much!
Even though there were no bigger water shortage for the plants in my neigbourhood they do look so much healthier after these last days of rain. Especially the nettles has started to growg again in rocket speed. Nettles are really great plants even if they sting a lot when touching them. As I already told you they are nutricious food, used to make cloth and they are also great as fertilizer and pest control.
Meadowsweet, we call it Moose grass here. Dry some of these flowers and put some in Your tea if You have a head ache. Works perfect.
It´s easy to make fertilizer of it (and the pest control fluid). Get a (well two is better) ten litres (around 2,5 US gallons) bucket with a lids. You really want that lid later on because it smells a bit bad before it´s deluted. Fill the bucket with as much nettles as You can and then pour water until the bucket is full. Put the lid on and wait a week. When You open the lid again You´ll understand why You need it :-) Get all nettles out and strain the liquid from all rests of the nettles. You could naturally have all nettles in a bag made of burlap from the beginning, that makes things so much easier but who wants life to be easy :-) :-) :-)
Delude the liquid like one part of that and nine parts of water. Now You´ll have one of the best fertilizers there is. For pest control make it a bit stronger and spray it on what ever pest You have on Your plants. You can use this liquid once a week and this will cost You nothing except for buying two buckets with lids. You can do the same with other plants too like Comfrey (Symphytum officinale), but that´s one of the worst weeds You can get, and plants in the Equisetum family. You can even use the leftovers when making coffee or tea.
I don´t know what kind of Burdock this is, but it grows just outside my kitchen door. Now I´ll cut it down since these things gets stuck on everything :-) :-) My dogs and I have done our share of soreading it in the neighbou´rhood now :-) My cats love the scent from it too unfortunally so they will soon get covered in these seeds :-)
Well it´s time for another cup of tea and then checking if my clothes are dry enough :-)
Have a great day now, I will!
It´s to tough climate for lavender here so I have Hyssop instead. Great spice as well.