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All About Goldenrod

By Sharon
September 21, 2011

It isn't goldenrod that makes you sneeze. It's the ragweed that grows beside it. Let's take a look at this golden beauty that many would like to banish. Aunt Bett and I never could convince Mom that goldenrod didn't cause her allergies; maybe I can convince you.

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Sep 20, 2011 6:53 PM CST
...I'll have goldenrod here. I still have some yard changes to make before I bring it home. Meantime, I enjoy it lining the roads down the way, come fall.

Another great story, Sharon! Thanks so much for sharing your Aunt Bette with us...
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Mindy03
Sep 20, 2011 7:12 PM CST
Lovely story Sharon. Our wildflower honey produced at this time of the year is a mixture that includes goldenrod and it's one of my favorite honeys. I'm waiting a bit impatiently for our bees to make enough to share with me.
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Sep 20, 2011 7:53 PM CST
always love your stories my girl Group hug
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Sharon
Sep 20, 2011 9:05 PM CST
Thanks ladies.

It's always fun to share Aunt Bett stories.

Love that kind of honey, Margaret!
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Sep 20, 2011 9:19 PM CST
Great story! My favorite line: "My creative mind didn't always coincide with my mom's saintly patience." LOL
Just yesterday I was down at the bottom half of our driveway staking up the tall goldenrod stalks that were arching down into the driveway. I waited for a bee to finish on a fat yellow flower spike, and put my nose on it and inhaled--what a sweet scent!
Unfortunately, we have plenty of ragweed, too. I'd like to cut it down, but if it feeds the birds...
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Sharon
Sep 20, 2011 9:39 PM CST
There's probably enough ragweed to feed the entire world wide bird population right there beside your driveway. I do believe a few missing plants won't be missed by the birds. It is a most prolific plant and it is truly everywhere. You have my permission to cut it all down. heh!

My mom's favorite line: "You can't do that, what will people think?"

Me: "Hide your eyes, Mama."
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Sep 21, 2011 1:56 AM CST
Sharon said:

My mom's favorite line: "You can't do that, what will people think?"

Me: "Hide your eyes, Mama."


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Sep 21, 2011 8:22 AM CST
Love the story, wish I could have meet your Aunt.

I love goldenrod, and take a lot of pictures of the bugs on it.
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Sep 21, 2011 9:06 AM CST
We have 3 or 4 different types of golden rod. There is a little too much as some turns up in beds where i want other things. If used for church flowers, some people get a little nervous because of its reputation. too bad.
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Sep 21, 2011 10:39 AM CST
Enjoyed this story a bunch!
I wonder if there is monetary value in use of Goldenrod? Is it sold for tea such as chicory is sold and added to coffee (yum, Cafe Le Monde!)
I know that folks who had a certain Acacia tree on their property in Nor Cal would sell the branches with yellow blooms. People would trim the tree for near free just for the blooms. Apparently they used the blooms to "set" fragrance in perfumes.
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Sharon
Sep 21, 2011 10:51 AM CST
Thanks Ladies.

Susie, I can find nothing about the commercial use of goldenrod, though it is still used medicinally by some herbalists. I'll keep searching.

Lucy, funny about your church ladies. Bet they all tried to sneeze and couldn't.
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vic
Sep 21, 2011 11:00 AM CST
What a wonderful story Sharon.

I get so excited when I see one of your Aunt Bett stories coming up. I always learn SO MUCH!

We have tons of goldenrod around here - I need to go stick my nose in it but I'll have to wait until it quits raining Smiling

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Sharon
Sep 21, 2011 11:05 AM CST
The bees don't mind when they get a wet nose.
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Sep 21, 2011 11:07 AM CST
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Sep 21, 2011 4:20 PM CST
I had to reread this story today after being interrupted last night. I really enjoyed it. Sharon, I think you would have been a perfect playmate for me as a child. I was always pushing my mother's buttons, but without even realizing it. I had a favorite aunt also, but she introduced me to music, books, and ballet. I was a bit of a tomboy when I was little.

We had a volunteer goldenrod pop up in the front yard about ten years ago, and I can' tell you how many neighbors complained about it. It was really tall and striking, about three stalks against our white limestone house. It disappeared one day and I figured someone "removed" it, thinking it was ragweed. I hadn't thought about it in a long time. I had so many plants crammed in those beds in the front yard, I didn't really miss it. I'm going to find another one and plant it in the backyard.
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Sep 21, 2011 4:26 PM CST
Good for you, Bubbles, good for you.
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Sep 21, 2011 8:45 PM CST
Howdy, All...

Just now taking a break to read this...I've had my eye on it for quite a while.

Another good reminisce, Sharon. And about yet another great topic!

Like Vic's place, goldenrod is really in good bloom here now, too. I love it! I've never made tea from it but maybe I'll try some this year.

Great to see you continuing Aunt Bett stories!

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Sharon
Sep 21, 2011 9:24 PM CST
It's always good to write about Aunt Bett, Shoe.
Thanks!

Now go out there and stick your nose in that goldenrod for me.
I have one single stalk that might bloom this week. Not sure why only one stalk, but after the floods in spring and the drought this summer, who knows what those old time wildflowers are thinking.
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Horseshoe
Sep 21, 2011 10:03 PM CST
I think that wildflower is thinking and also being cautious, checking out its surroundings, making sure there's a good spot or two for those seed to fly away to, set up home(s), then housekeeping.

Ya might wanna go out there and gently holler, "Aunt Bett...Aunt Bett...!" Ya see, those plants always felt comfortable around her so they'll most likely decide it's a good place to hang out if they hear her name. Ain't no doubt about it you'll have many more goldenrod plants next year!

Shoe--always hopeful.

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