From The Desk Of Bill Varga

Common Mullein, weed, medicine, ornamental, is a readily visible introduced plant in our intermountain west.  By mid-summer, it’s tall upright spike-like inflorescence sports distinctive small yellow flowers.  The grey green fuzzy leaves are equally eye catching.  There is a children’s story about a donkey berating sheep for not eating the Mullein in the pasture.  The sheep invite the cheeky donkey in for his treat.  Only one bite and our donkey says, “No Thanky”, and off he bounds!    Us humans, though, have found utility in this weed.  Recent studies show the dried or fresh flowers soaked overnight in olive oil can be an effective earache medication when a droplet is placed in an infected inner ear.  For many years the plant has been used to treat pulmonary problems, inflammatory diseases, and even migraine headaches.    Now, why have we left this once ornamental plant in the rear view mirror?  The Turkish Mullein, ‘Verbascum bombyciferum’, also called  Giant Silver Mullein was once a featured summer garden perennial standout.  Maybe we ought to consider some of these old standbys for our newly sought out water efficient landscapes.    Be resourceful and old-fashioned! Put a waterwise medicinal plant on your wish list.  It won’t hurt and possibly might cure what ails you!

The legal age for voting is 18 years and the legal age for marriage is 21 years.  Which means you need more experience to handle a girl than a country.
When I see lovers’ names carved in a tree, I don’t think it’s sweet.  I just think it’s surprising how many people bring a knife on a date.
I was in a cab today and the cab driver said, “I love my job, I’m my own boss.  Nobody tells me what to do.”  Then I said, “turn left.”
Last night I dreamt of a beautiful walk on a sandy beach.  At least that explains the footprints I found in the cat litter box this morning.
A local barber in my area just got arrested for selling drugs. Blew my mind. I’ve been his customer for years.  I had no idea he was a barber.
It is important to take breaks between individual exercises.  I personally stick to breaks of about 3-4 years.
Sometimes I drink water – just to surprise my liver.

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