Friday, August 24, 2007

A Favorite picture

Midsummer Eve c. 1908 Edward Robert Hughes, R.W.S. ~~ A Book by Anna Maria Hall She wrote numerous stories for children, like Grandmamma's Pockets (1849) and Midsummer Eve: a fairy tale of love (1870), and from 1828 to 1837 she was editor of the Juvenile Forget Me Not, an annual published in London.
Shrooms and thoughts of Faires. Impatiens capensis (jewelweed) The flower almost looks like a cap for an elf.
~~ The upper leaves are alternate, the lower ones opposite. They’re water-repellent, so they look like they’re covered with tiny jewels (raindrops) after it rains, accounting for the name jewelweed.
~~ If you submerge the leaves in water, their undersides will turn silvery, delighting children of all ages.
~~ The trumpet-shaped flowers, which bloom from early summer to fall, are under 1" long, with three petals, one which curls, to form a long slipper- or sack-shaped spur.
~~ If you break jewelweed's stem and repeatedly apply the juice to a fresh mosquito bite for 15-20 minutes, the itching stops and the bite doesn't swell.
~~ For older bites, it works only temporarily.
~~ Jewelweed's juice also relieves bee and wasp stings, although it doesn't always cure them completely.If you accidentally touch poison ivy and apply jewelweed juice to the affected area before the rash appears, you probably won't get the rash.
Your fairy is called Oak Elffly
She is a cheerful sprite.
She lives in forests of oak and lime trees.
She is only seen at midday under a quiet, cloudless sky.
She decorates herself with leaves and berries. She has delicate green wings like a cicada.

1 comment:

Alyssa said...

Dee, very neat pictures. I like those delicate white mushrooms - ofcourse like a fairy would sit under. The fairy site is neat and my fairy name is Gossamer Willowglow and I like insects and spiders and actually have little black spiders as part of my dress! How cool is that!! And have pale, cicada-green colored wings! Hit the nail right on the head since I am an insect and spider lover.