this too
Tuesday, September 06, 2005

harsher sign
of Summer’s end

Mullein leaves,
now parchment curls

palest softest

healing velvet was.
Wonderful Hay(na)ku, Jean!

And thanks for the great link to the herbal site.
An interesting plant I had not heard of before - and it has so many uses too! My Australian herb bible tells me it is available here and makes a suggestion for black mullein, that the dried stems with round seed capsules can be used in floral arrangements - either in their natural colour or spray painted bronze or gold. I'll be watching out for this plant now.
A very nice poem, Jean. Everything supposed to be green and growing here looks like that plant now. We have had so little rain this summer.
So THAT'S what it is! One appeared in my garden last year, another this. Thanks for the info!
Argh, I hate the fall! No, not hate. But I am always sad when the summer is ending, however beautiful the fall can be.
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