I just went to post this and woke to the fact that it’s the 4th of July. Literally the 4th and not just celebrating it on the weekend as so often happens. So as usual, I never do the expected and decided to just go ahead and post the one I prepared.
BUT: Wishing everyone a safe and fun filled Independence Day. To me June might be the month that heralds summer but the 4th of July makes summer begin for me.
I’m reading a book and in it there is a herb garden and these flowers that give off a scent that soothes. At first I was content to just read, but then curiosity got the best of me and I looked them up. My mother-in-law only used natural remedies. She hadn’t so much as taken an aspirin in over fifty years. She would have loved these.
So now I’m trying to assess if I want to plant some in the garden. In the past I’ve planted things that took over. What a mess as they can be worse than weeds. So having learned my lesson I’ll take the time to research Valerian before planting it. Hopefully one of Over The Backyard Fence readers will offer some insight.
A little about Valerian
It is a tall perennial so I’ll need to watch where I plant it. From what I read, it can develop an extensive root system. Oh O, maybe I won’t plant it. Now I’m asking myself will the aroma be worth it. Reading further I’ve learned that the white flowers develop into small downy seeds which are distributed by the wind. Oh O, maybe the neighbors won’t be so enamored with the scent when they have plants growing all over the place.
Cats responds to this plant much like catnip. Yikes. I’m not getting a good picture here. And then I read on and found that the Pied Piper of Hamelin who rid the town of rats and then charmed the children might have used pieces of valerian root by putting it in his pocket for the rats. Seems rats like cats,are attracted to the root odor.
Well it seemed like a good idea. On the flip side Valerian is used for medicinal purposes and is most commonly known as a sedative and used for insomnia and restlessness. Umm maybe we can lure the Sandman back.
So anyone have anything to add? I freely admit I don’t have a green thumb so gardening is new to me. But I’m finding it’s fun. I bought this house from a previous owner who did wonders in the garden. It blooms almost continuously from early spring into fall. Hopefully by the time I post August’s blog I’ll have the patio on and the yard will able to have its picture taken.