Monday, March 3, 2014

Moth Mullein (Verbascum Blattaria)

Written by Diane Beauton

During our hike on one of the Corriganville Park nature trails, at the foot of Santa Susana pass in Simi Valley, Ca., we spotted what at first appeared to be a bold and vivid yellow plant resembling the stalwart hollyhock.

Moth Mullein is a biennial herb and one of 250 species in the figwort (scrofularia or scrofula) family. It derives it's name 'moth' from it's moth-like petals, and is also known as the 'velvet plant' for it's soft silky appearance.

The flowering stalk (peduncle) gives birth to white, soft pink and vibrant yellow clusters of rosette blooms with a tinge of purple in it's center. The seed of this species can remain 120 years in sandy soil.

Moth mullein is related to the common mullein and great mullein. Although Moth mullein is categorized as an herb it is considered a weed of pastures, hay fields, and roadsides, in several sources. This is one 'weed' that would adorn any garden.

The mullein plant is not a naturalized plant but is native to Europe and spread to the Americas during the early 1800’s where it has thrived in nearly every state.

Though not often recognized, moth mullein is said to have medicinal properties useful as a lymphatic herb. However, unlike the Verbascum thapsus variety which is known for it's respiratory virtues, the medicinal potential of Verbascum blattaria is not well-known, so buyer beware! In fact, it is speculated that the medicinal potential of Verbascum blattaria may have sedative and narcotic properties like Verbascum thapsus but much stronger. Great mullein (Verbascum thapsus) is more widely accepted and used as an herbal remedy.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Baby Steps into Macro Photography

Hello Everyone!

I have been away for a few weeks, getting acquainted with my new granddaughter, working on website creation for clients, and now doing some transaction coordination work for a real estate agent. Life has been busy indeed. I finally forced myself to take a breather yesterday, attached my new wide angle fish eye / Macro lens to my camera and took some experimental macro shots of one of my rose bushes. So, for your viewing pleasure, here are some of the shots from these first baby steps into macro photography.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Abandonment Issues - Fabulous New Book!

Hey Gang! I wanted to take the time to bring your attention to a new book out by a fantastic, talented artist named Cheryl McDonald, who lives in Ridgecrest, California. The book, called Abandonment Issues, is now available through Blurb. To have a look, and hopefully purchase this superb book full of artistic photography of California's desert ghost towns, please click here.
You can also visit Cheryl's website at Cheryl McDonald Creative.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Cindy Recommends... TexasEagle Talks!

Sending a shout out to give a plug to the TexasEagle Talks blog, where I will be featured in an upcoming interview. But that isn't the only, or even the main reason to visit the blog of Charlie & Norma Brock. This sweet little blog covers a whole lot of interesting topics, so there is something for everyone, especially if you are an artist or have a wee bit o' the Irish in your veins.

TexasEagle Talks!

While you are at it, take a few minutes to visit their Fine Art America gallery, where you can view and buy some of their beautiful photographic art. Here are just a few examples...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Mark Your Calendars!

Just wanted to remind anyone who might be interested that Randsburg will be hosting their Old West Days on September 21st, 2013.  

There will be live Western and Bluegrass bands, vendors and other forms of entertainment, including an Old West shootout. Entry is free!

For more information e-mail Linda Gallman at, or call Bart Parker at 760 371 0965.

If you'd like to stay in accommodations within the town limits you need to book NOW, as rooms and cabins rent up pretty quick for this popular annual event.

Here are the available accommodations within the town of Randsburg...
Goat's Sky Ranch & Cottage Hotel: Goat's Sky Ranch & Cottage Hotel
The Randsburg Inn: Randsburg Inn

If everything is booked up in Randsburg, the closest town to book a hotel or motel room is Ridgecrest, which is about 20 minutes away from Randsburg.

Here are some videos from last year's event. I'm the saloon girl with the bustle and the rifle, LOL!