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It's All About Leaves

By wildflowers
March 6, 2012

Leaves so often take a back seat to the more showy and colorful flowering blooms and fruits. While we wait for spring to arrive, let's take a look at leaves as the star attraction.

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Name: Vicki
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vic
Mar 6, 2012 8:02 AM CST
and very informative article Chris - thank you so much! Hurray!

In part of it, I thought I was back in school. You made me remember "stuff" I'd forgotten *Blush*

I drink my spinach everyday and my spinach plants are up about 3 inches Thumbs up
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Bubbles
Mar 6, 2012 8:56 AM CST
I agree with Vic! Very good information and interesting article.
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wildflowers
Mar 6, 2012 10:10 AM CST
Thank you Vic and Sandi.
Vic, sorry you had that back-in-school feeling. Although, I find things like this much more interesting now that I'm older and there's no test! I'm glad you also found it interesting. lol
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SongofJoy
Mar 6, 2012 10:38 AM CST
In my days of leaf raking, I always wished for fewer leaves. After I got wiser about the benefits of all that good mulch, I wanted more of them (up to a point).

Some lovely photos. Green Grin!
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Mar 6, 2012 10:54 AM CST
Thanks, Tee, the mulch is definitely another benefit of leaves. Thumbs up


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Name: Vicki
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vic
Mar 6, 2012 12:06 PM CST
It was a GOOD thing for me to remember Christine Hurray! Hurray!

I'm just embarrassed at how much I've forgotten *Blush* *Blush*
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tarev
Mar 6, 2012 12:25 PM CST
Wonderful article Christine! A short 101 on leaf structure is always welcome! Big Grin I enjoy seeing different kinds of leaves, different textures, shapes, variegations, size, growing habits..adds much needed variety long after the flowers have faded, or if the flower won't bloom for some reason too Confused Plus it really gives you a visual cue too if the plant starts getting sick...or maybe overindulged with fertilizer or water, or starts pouting when it needs more or less light. Big Grin Can't always dig out her roots!
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wildflowers
Mar 6, 2012 2:01 PM CST
It was a good reminder for me too, Vic! Big Grin Also wanted to ask, would you share your favorite spinach smoothie recipe?

Thank you, Tarev!! More great things about leaves!! They sure can tell us so much about what is going on with a plant! And I especially love the fuzzy textured leaves, some of them feel like velvet to the touch, which I find soothing. As a child I used to love picking the geranium leaves because they felt so soft... as long as I did't get caught! Whistling Hilarious!
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vic
Mar 6, 2012 3:08 PM CST
First, I bake 3 or 4 sweet potatoes. When baked, I cut them in thirds and put on cookie sheet and freeze. When frozen, put them all in a freezer bag.

I make a tea using green, hawthorne, and milk thistle tea bags. While the tea is simmering I add 2 or 3 chunks of the frozen sweet potato and sometimes throw in an inch or so of ginger.

Into a blender, I add a heaping cup of frozen blueberries and sprinkle liberally with cinnamon. I then add a capful of either vanilla or almond extract, sometimes a half capful of each.

I then add fresh spinach almost to the top of blender. When tea is ready I pour it over spinach and blueberries and add the sweet potato and ginger as well.

Run on liquify until everything is liquid. This makes a half gallon. I have 1/2 gallon glass canning jars I put this in. Refrigerate.

The color is not appetizing but it's healthy and the cinnamon and extracts hide the flavor of the sweet potato which I don't care for at all.

I drink this concoction every morning. Whistling
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wildflowers
Mar 6, 2012 4:21 PM CST
Thumbs up Thank you Vic. Without the sweet potato, it reminds me of a drink that I would get at the local healthfood store when I lived near the big city... except they added flaxseed and some rice-milk. I'm going to try your recipe! Big Grin
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vic
Mar 6, 2012 5:04 PM CST
I actually put Flaxseed in it when I drink it. Thumbs up I think of flaxseed as part of my vitamin regimen so I didn't think to tell you that. *Blush* I take my vitamins and supplements with this smoothie

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