Archives for F

F for Fungi

Categories: Fungi and Plants.

Fungi Feb. 19, 2014 Fungi are part of a large group of organisms including micro-organisms including yeast, molds, and mushrooms.    Fungi are not in the plant or animal kingdom any more and have been placed in their own kingdom. It is always fascinating to come across fungi.  Fungus is the Latin term for mushroom. Fungi feed on nutrients from the living or dead organic material on which they live.  Fungi are the new life commonly found on dead trees.  They play an important part in the decomposition of dead things. These are bracket fungus and the shelf like pieces
Read More

F for Feverfew

Categories: Plants and Seeds.

Feverfew, Tanacetum parthenium, is a perennial medicinal herb …. a little plant with leaves that have an amazing scent.  This is a volunteer plant in my garden, perhaps the previous owners of the house planted it here but it just pops up every year and in a multitude of places. If you rub the leaves of this plant and then sniff your fingers it is supposed to relieve headache pains.  There are many other uses from reducing fever to easing toothache.  It is used as extracts, capsules, and in tea form.  I haven’t tried any of these remedies but I’m always
Read More

F for Four O’clocks

Categories: Plants and Seeds.

4 o’clocks or Marvel of Peru or Mirabilis jalapa is an annual plant where I live in Canada.  The blooms of many colours usually open in the late afternoon, all night and close up the following morning.  The plant likes full sun and grows just under 1 meter in height.  I’m Canadian zone 5b which is the equivalent of USDA zone 4b.  In warmer climate zones this plant can be grown as a perennial.  I need to dig the root each year and save it in a cool, dark place so that it can be planted the following spring. seeds
Read More

Fuchsia

Categories: Plants.

ABC Wednesday is up to F and I’m sharing the gorgeous fuchsia. Each year I plant up the big pot by the front door with  fuchsia.  Some years I buy ready started plants to get a variety and some years I buy the hanging baskets all ready to go and transplant them into the pot.  The plants come in different colours … red and whites, to pinks and white to the  fuchsia and white ones.  There are many different varieties of which the first ones came from the Caribbean.  They are an annual plant where I live but many people have
Read More