Namesake choices and confusion…

Tickseed is a nickname for Coreopsis; the greek origin means “bedbug view” meaning the seedhead resembles a bedbug! Another terrifying name for a beautiful flower. Coreopsis are native perrenials of North America, so appear regularly in gardens here. Florida named it their state flower.  By contrast of it’s Greek origin, Coreopsis symbolizes “cheerfulness” and “love at first sight”. Confusing?! More information here. Copyright 2022 Pamela Breitberg
Do fox wear gloves? This prolific flower is Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea). If it doesn’t remind you of a minature glove it could remind you of a thimble: the flower could easily fit over your finger, “digitus” in Latin is finger, like a thimble. For those that know today what a thimble is used for. Foxglove is another native perrenial in the midwest and a welcome addition to the garden. Foxglove, aka Digitalis is poisonous, however with care parts have been used by medical experts to treat various conditions including congestive heart failure; self care with this plant is strongly NOT recommended because of it’s dangerous poisonous characteristics. This reminds me that my father, a physician often said “all medicine is poison”. He used medication only with moderation and monitoring. I suppose there’s good and evil even in nature. Copyright 2022 Pamela Breitberg


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