Thursday, September 10, 2009

Drying Flowers/Herbs....& sheep pics

There are so many little projects and chores that need to be done in the flower beds and the garden. Today's after school chores included making bundles of flowers and herbs to dry in the barn.
On the left is pink sedum and on the right is yellow yarrow. I have this massive sedum in the frontyard that one year I will eventully split but for now it has a ton of pink flower heads that the bees are just loving. Then there is the yarrow. I hate the smell of it and it grows like crazy in my yard; HOWEVER, it does produce beautiful yellow button flowers that are nice in dry flower arrangements.

And then there is the Sweet Annie.......oh, yes, I have LOTS of it thanks to my Mom planting one little plant a few years ago. It just reseeds itself over and over again and I pull it out more and more each year. But it does have a few natural, benefical features.
Once the plant dries, the seeds can be used as a natural deworm for sheep and goats. I have a couple of friends that swear by it and the fiber artist that I have been taking classes with was thrilled to hear that I had lots of it. She took a few large bunches to use as a dewormer for her alpacas. The animals have to get use to the smell and taste of it but they get over it pretty quickly when they know their grain is mixed in it. The small bunches I have pictured above sell for $3-4.00 at craft shows. Another friend of mine uses it as a carpet freshner also.
(Tammy if you are reading I promise to send you some this year:)

Today I got a good picture of Spirit's family(minus Fletcher, her moorit,yuglet flecket ram lamb). Sheltering Pines Spirit is pictured in the back left corner then there is PITA, her half-polled ram lamb from this year and Sweet Annie next to PITA, her ewe lamb from last year.
Yep, she does produce those spots!! Behind Annie is Autumn, a moorit ewe who carries the modified and polled gene (she is a Jed. daughter). PITA is for sale if interested ;) He is a very nice size ram lamb with a great tail and soft fleece......he is well-fed too as one can see from the picture!

Miss Essex and I are still working on our relationship. I was trying to get the piece of hay off of her and she thought it was just fine where it was. So, I settled for a picture of her with hay hanging off of her face.
Such is life with silly sheep!




9 comments:

The Packs said...

Hi.. I just started following your blog and i just wanted to let you know that i love reading and keeping up with what is going on. You inspire me to keep my dream a life and one day i will have my little farm!

Deb said...

Hi Kristi,
Did I tell you I love your new header already? Oh well - I love your new header! Such a great photo :)

I did not know sweet annie's was a beneficial plant for de worming. I think I will plant a "little" bit. With my luck I'll have a field full before next years over ! I can't take the smell for too long but I do love the stuff.

Your flowers bundles are so pretty - and your sheep photos are always great. It's looking a little like fall your way. Starting to around here as well. Especially the temps - I love it; it's much cooler :)

Have a great weekend!

Kara said...

Looking good! :) Hope school is going well. The other PITA hasn't escaped once, knock wood, and is getting along with everyone famously. Quechee and Dessie are bff's. Both hard to get a photo of as they make a run for me for scratches every time I try.

Tammy said...

Hi Kristi,
Yes, I'm reading! ha ha.. I have an arrangement of Sweet Annie that is probably ten years old. Love the stuff. Anyhoo, I decided to try and see if I could get some seeds going from it. I have ONE very stubborn little plant growing, but I'm not sure if it will be mature enough to go to seed this year. I hope so... if not, I'll be asking for seed again! ha...
Tammy

Gayle said...

I really enjoyed looking through your blog. I wish my sheep like human touch...she's off-standish. Looks like a beautiful home you have.

Christine said...

Oh does this ever bring back memories. For years and years my Mom used to dry Sweet Annie in one of the upstairs bedrooms of her old farmhouse. She's since moved but I'll bet that room will never lose it's scent.

kristi said...

The Packs,
Thank you for stopping by! Never give up the dream, having a little farm is so rewarding:)

Deb,
So good to hear from you! I love the feel of Fall in the air....no humidity, cool nights..just perfect!

Kara,
I need a day off already:) I am so glad both of the lambs are bonding with you and your family and the other sheep! Champ's fleece is looking so soft!

Tammy,
just drop me a line...maybe some sweet annie for a kitten.....just kidding!!!

Gayle,
thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment...its so nice to hear from people:)

Christine,
oh gosh, the stuff is so strong!! My barn is very aromatic right now!

Christy said...

I need to get some of my herbs drying soon! I'm going to try to find some Sweet Annie to plant. I'm always looking for something to help with worms.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Cotswold jewelry - they all want it there. Definitely silly.