My House – Peer 2 Peer Seeds

I have another brainy idea to buy my house !! lol

Beings my X freaked out at the last one on Indiegogo last week.

This one I can do easy because I have alot of plants, flowers and veggie seeds. I was thinking about … starting a new “My House – Peer 2 Peer Seeds” selling plant, veggie and flower seeds.

Here’s how it works .. I’ll need about 50,000 people to send me $1.00 for a pack of seeds (the seeds would have to be chosen by me though due to plant seed availability – I have alot of some and not so much of another kind of thing) I need $43,000 to buy my house – my goal is 50,000 people to buy seeds from me for $1.00 plus .47 shipping. THEN I can buy this house I’ve been renting for almost 2 decades !!

That way, for everyone’s $1.47 – they are getting something in return in a few business days.

Here’s the catch (lol) I will pick your seeds for you ..  due to plant seed availability – I have alot of some and not so much of another. So for every $1.47 you send me – I will choose for you a pack of my garden seeds.

You will be getting heirloom seeds right out of my back yard and I (hopefully) can buy this house I love so much by the end of the year.

I need about 50,000 people to buy seeds from me. Please consider spreading this message to help me. Thank you !!!  PayPal = MelissaKirst@hotmail.com

Seeds that are available are :

French Dwarf Marigold Seeds
Purple Hyacinth Bean Vine
Rose of Sharon (mixed)
Sweet Autumn Clematis Vine
Japanese Wisteria
Snowflake Babies Breath
For-Get-Me-Nots (Blue)
Datura Inoxia/Tatula (mixed)
Batchelor Buttons (mixed)
Italian Crimson Clover
Rocket Larkspur (mixed)
Catchfly Silene
Silk Pink Mimosa (Bonsai)
Louisiana Water Iris (mixed)

Morning Glory (mixed)

Bell Pepper

Kohlrabi

Rhubarb Swiss Chard

Rutger Tomato

Ylang Ylang

Scarlet Runner Pole Bean

Poor Mans Saffron

Passion Fruit

Russian Teddy Bear Sunflower

Wave Petunia

You can also Donate if you like. You choose amount. Thank you very much !!

via PayPal – MelissaKirst@hotmail.com

Facts about Honey and Cinnamon

Honey

Honey (Photo credit: quisnovus)

Facts about Honey and Cinnamon –  Source: Organic Gardening

Drug companies won’t like this getting around.

Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of
today also note honey as very effective medicine for all kinds of
diseases. Honey can be used without side
effects which is also a plus. Today’s science says that even though
honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it
does not harm even diabetic patients. Researched by western scientists:

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on
toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It
reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from heart
attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you
could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon
honey strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing
homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one
ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged;
honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water
with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon
powder. When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a
recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found
that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one
tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast,
they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated)
practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain — and within a
month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because
of arthritis now started walking without pain.

BLADDER
INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of
honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs
in the bladder….who knew?

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of
honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea
water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of
cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned
for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic
cholesterol-could be cured. According to information received in the
said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of
cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds
should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon
powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough,
cold, and, clear the sinuses, and it’s delicious too!

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also is said to clear stomach ulcers from its root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed
that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of
gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder
strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and
viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and
iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white
blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral
diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two
tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and
digests the heaviest of meals

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain
has proved that honey contains a natural ‘Ingredient’ which kills the
influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea
made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the
ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of
cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink
1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and
arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start
performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

RASPY OR SORE THROAT:
When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and
sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without
symptoms.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon
of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before
sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done
daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

SKIN
INFECTIONS:Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the
affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.

WEIGHT LOSS:Daily in the morning one half hour beforebreakfast and on
an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon
powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the
weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture
regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though
the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER: Recent research
in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach
and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these
kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one
teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is
more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body.
Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are
more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a
half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with
cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease,
when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M.,
the vitality of the body increases within a week.

BAD BREATH:
People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon
powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath
stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing.

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What kind of Plant or Tree is this ? Could it be a Lemon Tree ?

What kind of plant or tree is this ?

What kind of plant or tree is this ?

About 5 years ago I planted a whole slew of seeds in small containers in the bathroom for on the windowsill. I had no idea really what the seeds were because I got them all mixed up, so I just planted all the seeds together and left them there till I seen something growing. lol

The container was on that windowsill for 2 years with me just watering every now and again. When I finally decided to throw the container away – as I was dumping the container – I seen two of the seeds sprouted below the surface so I replanted them in their own containers and kept them in the bathroom.

This past spring I put them outside for the season and they grew very well. I brought them back in the house now and will put them back in the bathroom.

But I have no idea what these two plants or trees are. Can someone tell me please what this plant or tree is ?

I’m thinking maybe a Lemon Tree but I honestly have no idea. Thanks.

Here are more pictures.

Unknown tree like Plant (lol)

Unknown tree like Plant (lol)

These two tree like plants also have spikes on the base stem or trunk. I think they are a semi woody tree type because the trunks  down toward the bottom resemble that of a semi woody tree or shrub similar to the Brugmansia.

Spikes on plant

Spikes on plant

Unknown Plant

Unknown Plant

Spikes on plant

Spikes on plant

Anybody have an idea what this tree or plant is ?Thanks.

 

Unknown tree or plant

Unknown tree or plant

 

 

 

Presidential Canna Lily – first blooms (Ron Paul 2012) Ha Ha

Presidential Canna Lily

Presidential Canna Lily

While I was out in the yard early this afternoon snooping around all the new growth, I took pictures  of my new blooms.

This here flower above is a Presidential Canna, grows 7-8 feet tall and has huge green leaves. (this picture is missing a Ron Paul sign, I know .. Ha Ha) When the Canna’s in the back bloom I’ll get a picture .. that picture will have the Ron Paul sign in the backround.

I really like these plants because every morning they water themselves and everything else around them. The dew collects on the leaves like you wouldn’t believe and for the first hours of early morning the water just drips off them.

I have these plants everywhere because they water alot of the other plants every morning. The only down side about the Canna is I must dig them up every year before frost. When I dig them up, there is 3 times as much as I put in the ground … I give alot away to neighbors and anyone who wants some. LOL

Below is a picture of some Presidential Canna’s and in the back ground you can see one of the straggler tomato plants I was talking about in a previous post. Those Stragglers just show up is some of the strangest places. This straggler is growing pretty good it’s already well above the fence. No tomatoes yet though.

Presidential Canna Lily

Presidential Canna Lily

 

I have a yellow Trumpet Vine also, this vine plant has been blooming for weeks now – I figure I take a picture anyhows. In the evenings I like to sit out and drink a cup of coffee or tea and watch the hummingbirds. I have 2 that pal around and show up once in a while. I still like to sit out and wait to see if they show up. I do have one of those hummingbird feeders in another area of the back yard, but, I’ve never seen a hummingbird at it – they love these Trumpet Vine flowers though.

Yellow Trumpet Vine

Yellow Trumpet Vine

 

Can’t end this post without showing you some vegetables (garden onion, red beets, sweet pepper and egg plant) .. I picked and dug up these cute eats this afternoon too, so for diner I made roasted pork loin, mashed potatoes, a stir fry with some of the veggies you see below and of course, pie. Peach pie from the peaches one of the neighbors brought over. I made 2 pies and sent the neighbor one as a thank you for the peaches.  ;o)

Garden Vegetables

Garden Vegetables

 

 

I see some color on my tomato plants – first of the season – WOOT WOOT

Tomato Plant

Tomato Plant

Early this afternoon I went out to check on my tomato plants and wouldn’t ya know – I see some orange and red !!! First sign of color on my tomato plants this year.

Now that I have 2 rabbits, I’ve been using their droppings for fertilizer along with a tea/coffee soup mix from once used morning tea bag and coffee grounds. I cannot believe how tall my tomato plants are getting. Some are easy 9 feet tall so far and I can’t even get the whole plant in a picture. Below is a picture of a some of the plants. I’ll show the stragglers in another post.

The 14 tomato plants I do have come up every year, I never have to buy tomato plants, unless, I want a different variety of course.

About 8 years ago I bought 3 Ponderosa Beefmasters and 2 Tommy Toes. They grew to have a few nice tomatoes the first year .. I believe I canned 3 jars of stewed tomatoes that year and plenty of table tomatoes. I planted them 2 feet apart in a row.

Tomato Plant

Tomato Plant

The following year, those same plants came up again, along with a few straggler plants, growing taller with more harvest. 8 years later I have 14 tomato plants and about a dozen straggler plants. The straggler plants are always cherry tomatoes. The straggler plants die every year but they give me heaps and heaps of cherry tomatoes and last well into late Fall. My permanent resident tomatoes don’t die off till the first frost.
The interesting thing about these 14 tomato plants is they give me both large – medium – small and cherry tomatoes on the same plant. There is usually a bunch of 9-12 tomatoes and one or two Beefmaster type and the rest get smaller with the smallest (not even really small) being the cherry tomato. The cherry tomatoes always show color and get harvested first. I didn’t think it to be possible. But, I love my tomato plants. Ha Ha

 

Clematis – Ranunculaceae Botanical – “Head in the sun, feet in the shade”

Clematis Vine

Clematis Vine

Today I noticed my first bloom on the Clematis Vine. I grew this vine from seeds about two summers ago. This is the first year I see a bloom on this vine.

“Head in the sun, feet in the shade” is obviously a true old saying about the Clematis Vine, because that’s exactly what I did last fall to hopefully get some blooms this year.

This Clematis is out-back in an area behind the shed. Full sun all day. So after learning about “Head in the sun, feet in the shade” I planted midsize bushy perennials about 3 feet in-front of the Clematis Vine last fall. Wouldn’t ya know, when the perennials grew about 1.5 feet high this year my Clematis started to show some flower buds. YAY !!

Now I have my first Clematis bloom and flower buds all over. WOOT !! Now I know to move my other Clematis away from the area it’s currently in now .. maybe it’s not too late this year to see that one bloom. We’ll see.

 

Solanum dulcamara aka Bittersweet Nightshade

Nightshade Family

Solanum Dulcamara

For years I has this type vine growing along the fence close to the house, over the years (15 years) it really didn’t do to much – other than get a few berries on it after some tiny bunches of yellow and purple flowers. No biggie I thought way back when – just leave it there because I didn’t know what it was – but looked nice with the berries changing from green to yellow to orange then finally shiny bright red. Actually I thought it was some sort of wild holly berry vine.

Anyhows, 15 years later I was trimming along the fence line and I noticed it, again, tucked into all the growth along that side of the fence. So, I figured I’d trim away all the growth so this plant can thrive. Well, it turns out this vine isn’t really a vine after all because it has a hard wood base with vine type branches all over. Looks like a vine, acts like a vine but really isn’t a vine kinda thing. I took these pictures for reference.

I took care not to damage this plant, cut off all the dead stems and trimmed it so it’s looks taken care of. Still at this point no idea what it is. Ha

Later last night I decided to Google and find out just what this plant it. Wouldn’t ya know, here it’s a seriously toxic and poisonous plant. I was like, what ? I just spent 3 hours with this plant cleaning it up and all touchy with it and now I find out it’s poisonous.

So after about 2 hours on Google last night researching about this individual plant – I decided to keep it and take care of it. (I’ll explain a bit later)

This plant is called the Bittersweet Nightshade. It also has many other names like Woody Nightshade, Poison Berry, Poison Flower, Scarlet Berry, Snake Berry, Blue Bindweed, (why blue is beyond me because mine has purple and yellow flowers) Fellenwart, Felonwood, Amara Dulcis, Violet Bloom, etc. The scientific name is Solanum Dulcamara. And according to all the websites I see it’s in the potato and tomato family.

Bittersweet Berries (green) Solanum Dulcamara

Bittersweet Berries (green)

Some interesting facts:

All parts of the plant are poisonous. One of the most poisonous native plants. Because it belongs to the Nightshade tribe it’s a narcotic – in other words all parts of the plant highly poisonous. The unripe leaves and berries of this plant contain the toxin called Solanine. When ingested in large quanities can prove fatal.  Solanine acts narcotically, in large doses it paralyses the central nervous system, without affecting the peripheral nerves or voluntary muscles. It slows the heart and respiration, lessens sensibility, lowers the temperature and causes vertigo and delirium, terminating in death with convulsions.

Many people (mostly in England) grow this plant to ward off evil, curses and spirits associated with Witchcraft. In witchcraft, shepherds used to hang it as a charm round the necks of their livestock  thought to be under an evil eye. Also, one website said even today in England this plant is seen along hedge lines in alot of popular places.

Solanum Dulcamara

Bittersweet Leaves

Older Doctors valued Bittersweet highly and applied it to many purposes in medicine and surgery. It’s known back as far as Theophrastus, and one website said it was used for medicine in the thirteenth century.

Interesting plant to say the least, I’m glad I now know what it is.

All that said, I decided to keep my Bittersweet plant, take care of it,  study it, blog about the different stages of berry colors, leaf growth and the over all health of my plant. I fancy Brugmansia‘s (which are also concidered a very poisonous plant) I’ve touched them , cut them, planted and replanted them, for over 15 years and I’ve never noticed a sickness or irritation at all. I even hand pollinate to create hybrid seed pods .. so being careful – I look forward to showing off my newly identified Bittersweet plant.

Solanum Dulcamara

Bittersweet Flowers