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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Convolvulus arvensis


Convolvulus arvensis is a climbing or creeping herbaceous perennial plant. Its leaves are spirally shaped and the flowers are trumpet shaped. In spite of its attractive flowers, it is often unwelcome in gardens as a nuisance weed due to its rapid growth and choking of cultivated plants.

Native:
It is native to Europe and Asia. It is very common in Pakistan.

Used as:
It is used as folk medicine in Northern areas of Pakistan.

Local name:
Its local name is Leli and its a common wild flower of Pakistan.

Other names:
It has innumerable names like Lesser Bindweed, Field Bindweed, Small-flowered Morning Glory, Creeping jenny and Possession Vine.

Uses as a folk medicine:
In Northern areas of Pakistan, It is used against dandruff. And in this case, part of the plant used is roots. The old women used roots of Canvolvulus arvensis for wwashing hair to remove dandruff.

It is also used against abdominal pain and in this case only leaves and branches of this plant are used. Whole plant without roots is cut and cooked as vegetable used for abdominal pain and abdominal worms in children.

References:

Convolvulus arvensis from Wikkipedia

Folk Herbal medicines

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wikkipedia

Another header for my blog


Image: Paint me yellow
Original photograph of this header has been taken by me from my home garden in Multan.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Book Cover


Book: Sufi: Sufi: Expressions of the Mystic Quest (Art and Imagination)
Author: Laleh Bakhtiar
Theme: Art and imagination

While browsing I came to know about a book of Sufism and what inspired me most is this cover. Its a wonderful book cover displaying a tree and the way of life around it.

This book is about a beautifully illustrated introduction to Sufism, the mystic tradition of Islam and in this book, Laleh Bakhtiar brings to light the spiritual reality that underlies the forms and rhythms of the Islamic tradition.

Since my blog is about an esoteric study of trees in folklore, mythology and legend. So I think this book cover seems to be a perfect addition for my blog.
You can purchased this book from here.

Entangled Roots

Growing potted plants is a challenging and rewarding hobby that can be enjoyed by everyone and need not to be too much difficult thing to do.

Any plant can be grown in a container throughout it's life and this is true for all plants types whether it is classified as a perennial, an annual, shrub, a houseplant or a tree. Only you have to know how to care about them. I think the biggest advantage of potted plants is that you can easily place them wherever you want. As the seasons and the sun's position changes you can move your plant to a suitable place to fit the cultural needs of the plant.

This image is of one of my favourites potted plant. I love the way it has entangled its roots but now we have replaced it to another big container.


Here are some of my previous articles about houseplants,


Money Plant

Agave angustifolia marginata


Aspidistra


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Trees descending away

It is said quite rightly about trees because whenever I see some wonderful trees my heart says,
"Why are there trees I never walk under but large and
melodious thoughts descend upon me?"

- By Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road


I love this sequence of trees and the way they are descending away. Trees knows very well how to present themselves.They are thoughtful. Another quote about trees by Candy Polgar reflects my feelings.
"Alone with myself
The trees bend to caress me
The shade hugs my heart
"
I love the way they are communicating with eachother and are giving us a message that everything on this Earth is alive no matter in however form it is.

image by me

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Jub se tune mujhe

Song: Jub se tune mujhe deewana bana rakha hai
Singer: Abida Perveen

This song is by Hakim Nasir and has been sung by many renowned singers of Pakistan but the voice of Abida Perveen outclass them all and made this song immortal.


06-Jab se tou ne.mp3 -


Jab se tu ne mujhe deewana bana rakha hai
sang har shakhs ne haathon pr utha rakha hai


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Agave angustifolia marginata


I don't know much about agaves. All I know is that don't go anywhere so close to them. Because they know very well how to defend themselves.
The name Agave is from Greek for "noble' because of their large bold structures and elegant look.
And last but not least, this young and fresh looking Agave marginata is from my home garden in Multan, and it can be used as a perfect plant for your garden, lawns etc.

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