Fragrant and bright - Goldenrod

 

Goldenrod

 Goldenrod Planting Information


Type: Perennial
Bloom Season: Summer
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies
Sun: Full Sun
Color: Yellow
Soil Type: Dry
Drainage: Well-drained
Moisture: Dry, Moist
Height: Short
Planting Width: 2 ft

I learned to be courageous from the Goldenrod 

The goldenrod reminds me of when it's important to show courage.

If you feel as though something unjust or just something that requires braveness is happening, than you should know about Goldenrod.

It grows so much by forgetting about all the hardships becoming big and wide will take.

Remember, when you need to show courage you should forget what's scary and focus on what good can come from it. 

There are so many people in the world who don't have the "courage" to fulfill their dreams.

If you want to do something incredible, remember why you are summoning up all that courage, for what you can get not what you can lose.

When we have a growth, what can be gained mindset, we can be courageous anytime we need to!

 

Goldenrod /Solidago

Goldenrod, it attracts bees so much I’m just awed.

Its real name should be the golden bee god.

Oo oo oo oo, it is a perennial and likes the soil dry, why for the bees it’s like yummy pie!

This plant can grow as tall as me, which in case you were wondering, is four feet.

Goldenrod, it attracts bees so much I am just awed.

Its real name should be the golden bee god.

Its flowers are yellow, and it attracts bees!

There will be so many of them, that there won’t be any room for another one to squeeze!

Goldenrod, it attracts bees so much I am just awed.

Its real name should be the golden bee god.

It likes the sun, seeing so many bees will make me want to run.

But don’t be scared bees don’t sting, unless you dared to get too close to their hive.

Bees are my heroes, they are so smart they can understand the number 0!

They use their smarts to work hard, why they have such good hearts.

When they shake their booty in the bee dance,

It looks like they are putting out tiny farts.

Before you laugh at that, they are doing an amazing act.

They are talking about where to find nectar plants, it’s a fact.

Bees are pollinators, who help plants and trees have an offspring

ohhhh it makes me so happy I want to sing!

And the goldenrod makes great press flower art.

And it will smell so well it will put you in a spell.

So, get out there and plant a...

Goldenrod, it attracts bees so much I am just awed.

Its real name should be the golden bee god.

By Buzz Buddy :) 

 

"It symbolizes a country where the people rule for many tiny flowerets are needed to make a perfect head, just as our composite nationality many races combine to form a the true flower of American manhood and womanhood" wrote an unknown English poet from the early 19th century, about the gorgeous Goldenrod.

Similar to the many races of people that make America a great nation, the goldenrod is a beautiful fall bloomer that attracts several species of pollinators for its nectar, color and fragrance. It's an enthusiastic volunteer that will spread quite easily if one is not careful. We recommend planting this away from the immediate perimeter of your home because of how much of room it needs and also the wasps (natural garden predators) that love to spend hours on end buzzing on this beauty. Wasps are not bad, just that their role in the garden is pest control and they are way more aggressive than your average native bee.

Please do not clear your garden at the end of the bloom season

Leave the Leaves

Image courtesy - Empress of Dirt, creative gardening, FB

It's a great plant for the praying mantis to lay their eggs, which it does on the dead stalks of the goldenrod. Praying mantis is a fantastic pest control insect and if you want the Mama Mantis's hard work to pay off, you are better off leaving the dead branches of your goldenrod through the winter. Come spring the eggs will hatch and make a great natural pest control for your garden against annoying bugs.

Overgrown grassy reeds, dried flower stalks and shrubby fruit filled branches provide food, shelter and protection in the fall and winter for insects and animals big and small. 

Goldenrod or Solidago (which means 'to Make whole', refers to its therapeutic properties). Olden days herbalists and physicians have used it's various parts to treat cuts and sores. They were popular among Native Indians in the treatment of sore throats, treating toothaches and in the treatment of nausea, bronchitis, tuberculosis and calming stomach aches.

Have fun adding native plants for each season in your garden and support the food chain so we can save the planet, one native plant at a time.

Here a folktale about the Goldernrod

"This plant gets a bad rap because its showy flowers bloom at around the same time as ragweed. Ragweed produces very small inconspicuous flowers, each of which produces huge amounts of irritating pollen. Because people see the goldenrod flowers, they get blamed for making us feel bad.

Goldenrod was born when an incredibly old woman was trying to make her way through a dark and forbidding forest. As she walked, she asked each tree she passed to help. One by one, the trees refused. Halfway through the forest, she came across a small stick. The stick told her it would be happy to help her make her way through the forest. The old woman picked up the stick and eventually came to the end of the forest. As she emerged from the shadow of the trees, she turned into a beautiful fairy princess. Turning to the lowly stick, she said, “For your kindness and help, I will grant you one wish.” The stick thought for a moment and replied, “I would like to be loved by all the children of the world.” The fairy princess sprinkled gold dust on the stick and chanted a few words. Immediately the stick turned into the beautiful goldenrod and, to this day, is loved by all the children of the world."

Source - Lady Bird Johnson Center. "Wildflowers of Texas, Legends and Folklore"

 

Happy gardening,

Uma & Buzz Buddy

 

 

 

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