Just a few photos today and a suggestion that you take time to take in the beauty around you; It’s the weekend!
All photos by Timothy Prescott except where noted (all rights reserved)
Info on plant uses is purely for entertainment purposes, I am not suggesting anyone use any of these traditional herbal treatments, sure, try the dyes. If you're into herbal medicine, you might enjoy reading:
Anyway, did you know…
Caesalpinia pulcherrima – Pride of Barbados Leaves used to reduce fever, the juice from the flower for sores, and the seeds for coughs. You can cook and eat the young seeds, rats love the old seeds, and when ripe the tannin can make yellow dye (with alum) or black (with iron).
Delonix Regia - Flambouyant Tree big sister of the Pride of Barbados, the tree bark can be used as a skin coolant and the leaves as pain killers and the flowers are used as dyes, stains, inks, tattoos and mordants.
Murraya paniculata /exotica – False Orange / Sweet Lime, smells good and the leaves and flowers are used to scent Chinese teas. Apparently the leaves can be used to relieve eczema, bruises, cold sores and poison bites and can help relieve toothache. Maybe the flowers and leaves are used for perfume
Jatropha Curcus - Psychic Nut according to some researchers, Jatropha Curcus can produce four times the bio fuel per area than soy, and ten times more than maize. The nuts are also a potentially deadly poison. The leaves are recorded in some ayahuasca recipes and our late gardener Albert (RIP), said it protects your house from evil spirits.
Tamarindus Indicus – Tamarind, leaves and flowers are useful as mordants in dyeing. A yellow dye derived from the leaves colors wool red and turns indigo-dyed silk to green. Tamarind is a refrigerant (fever reducer), laxative and helps relieve stomach cramps. Tamarind leaves and flowers can be used as poultices for sprains and boils and to soothe skin.
Lagerstroemia indica - Crape Myrtle, this garden shrub’s big sister (Lagerstroemia speciosa) is an increasingly popular ingredient in diabetes herbal treatments – known as Banaba, the corosolic acid is the active ingredient. Indica is used as an astringent for cuts and tea from the flowers used in the treatment of colds.
Lantana Camara - Gold Rush Bush variety pictured here, also called Wild Sage The leaves are used to reduce fever, coughs and are antiseptic and used to relieve itching... but a lot of people find this plant an irritant and some consider it a poison also.
Ixora Coccinea – Ixora apparently is a good blood purifier and useful in skin ailments – an astringent. Also flowers can be used in hair oil… all I know is you can pull the stamen out through the bottom and get a drop of sweet nectar.
Tabebuia Heterophylla - White Cedar, Used in flooring, cabinetwork, furniture and boat construction. Leaves are used to make medicinal tea for toothaches, backaches and fish poisoning.
Anyone know the scientific name for this? I know it as Monkey’s Fingernail – it has pointed seedpods, wrinkly on the outside, with a smaller sand coloured insert filled with tiny seeds with white fluffy hairs attached…
Pseudosphinx tetrio – frangipani caterpillar, transforms into the Hawk Moth
If you enjoy these plants and would like to know more about selecting and growing your own, consider:
And today, my choice for Alphabet Attitude is:
G is for Glorious Gardens