Soft and Fuzzy

Welcome to Colleen’s Corner. This is a column meant for fun and some information About myself: I am Colleen Fielding, a Freelance Photographer you often see me on the side of the road  or in various places taking photos of different things animals, birds, places, people etc.  l have lived in Lumby just over 8 years,you have seen my photos in the newspaper (Lumby Valley Times) and once in awhile in the Vernon Morning Star, and the Lumby Art Gallery. Photography is my passion. Disclaimer:  The information on some of my photos that I write about a lot of times come from the Internet or books I research them, hopefully the facts are as close to the truth as I can come.

Whoo Hoo I got a new plant from Sam at the market this Saturday. 

Some of you might already have this cool, velvet soft plant. I haven’t ever had this plant before, so I am pretty excited. Hey and guess what! It attracts Bees, Hummingbirds, and Butterflies, what more could I ask for. It’s called Lambs Ear.

It gets its name because the leaves are in the shape of a Lamb’s Ear.

Apparently it has some good properties. For instance you can use it on a sting from a Bee, or  to help with healing small wounds. Originally from the Middle East, this plant can be drought tolerant.

It can be grown in really poor soil, but not very moist soil. It likes the sun, but can also be grown in part shade. It is great for rock gardens. Lambs Ear can be grown with other perennials or in a container. If planting them in ground, don’t go too deep, about as deep as the original pot only. Too much water can lead to rotting, place some mulch under the leaves for prevention of this. In the spring, if you prune the leaves that have turned brown,and deadhead the already spent flowers this will help prevent the Lambs Ear from self seeding.

I think this soft velvety plant will be a great addition to my gardens as long as it doesn’t take over.

Happy Gardening everyone

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