|looking west and a little north in southern Boulder, Colorado|
Sunday, September 25, 2022
Boulder Open Space, September after the Marshall Fire
Sunday, September 18, 2022
Travel Story - Glimpses of Edinburgh, Scotland
We planned a return to pre-pandemic travel, a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. We would spend week in a nice hotel with day trips into the countryside. The plan was good, but didn't allow for catching a cold. I haven't had a cold in easily five years...I felt lousy and lacked interest in being a tourist. However, I have argued that you can enjoy new places without the need to rush around to see everything. Looking back, the very reduced vacation was still neat.
Monday, September 12, 2022
Snarky Septuaginarian-- Dangerous Plants
|wisteria, not very toxic|
Plants can be poisonous. A very few are so deadly that a bite will kill a healthy adult. Other plants will upset your stomach. More plants just don't taste very good. Sloppy reporting of plant dangers offends me.
Sunday, September 4, 2022
Plant Confusions: the Bugleweeds, Ajuga and Lycopus
Growing in my back yard since I bought the house in 2006 is a plant I only just learned a name for. Its Ajuga reptans, a little mint native to Europe that is used as a ground cover. My friend called it ajuga, and ajuga is used as its common name. Reading about it, I discovered the common name in USDA plant list (link) is bugle. Googling it sends you to bugleweed.
|bugleweed, Ajuga repens|
Knowing it as ground cover, I was surprised to find it mentioned as a medicinal plant.
But searching for more information on its medicinal qualities, I found I was often reading about Lycopus. For example, when I followed "bugleweed for thyroidism" I arrived at an article for Lycopus virginicus.
Lycopus is another mint genus, taller than Ajuga, with some plants native to North America.