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  • April 26th, 2009 | 11:54 PM
National Poetry Month Haiku #26 Yarrow

Yarrow gets a bum rap from a lot of people. They recognize it as the plant that often grows in disturbed areas alongside the road. It does spread by rhizomes which means it can give you a nice fill of a large area quickly. Supposedly Achilles used yarrow to heal his warriors in the battle of Troy which is where it gets its name, "Achillea". Native Americans found many medicinal uses for yarrow.

It's another great bug magnet in the garden, drawing bees, wasps, and butterflies. Those flowers are great landing pads for butterflies. I love the foilage and those ferny leaves make a great native lawn either on its own, or mixed in with some native grass or, like I did today, mixed in-between the Carex Pansa growing in the backyard. You can plant an entire lawn of yarrow and it will use a lot less water than a lawn. If you want a short, more traditional looking lawn, mow it with a push mower/


I don't feel like I captured what I wanted to here but it will help me remember where I want to go when I revise.


ferny feathers nest
beneath common yarrow
this weed welcome here

--- Susan Taylor Brown
      April 26, 2009

@copyright Susan Taylor Brown 2009

There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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April 27th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
I love Yarrow!
May 1st, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
Me too!
April 27th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
ferns and nesting are a lovely image. I like yarrow, too, except when it gets into my vegetable garden.
May 1st, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
Yes, I know there are some places where it isn't welcome but since I do my veggies/herbs in containers, I have some leeway. :)
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

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