Broad leaved Dock dried flower stalks and Reeds from France.

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoever leaves them will have mercy.

Proverbs 28:13
Reeds from France with the dry flower stalks of broad leaved Dock from the road side.
These common reeds were brought back from France where I used them in my post: France days 19 and 20. I googled to find out if I could bring them back into the UK and my understanding was that it was alright, as long as it was from the EU. I don’t know if plants know about Brexit.🙂

Reeds flower in late summer and these were picked in October. Their plume-like blooms had already changed from purple to golden brown. Their flowers are apparently in clusters with hairs all around. Looking at these they are certainly silky in appearance.

Reeds have many uses. Here are a few: building housing, thatching rooves, making boats, flutes, splints, pen tips, weapons, hunting spears, arrows, rope, snares, mats, baskets, prayer sticks, jewellery, smoking implements, clothing medicine…
This jug has a sheen with possibly inappropriate orchids for a grouping of vegetation like this. However, I thought it’s shape held the foliage well and the touches of green highlighted the green of the Reed stems, bringing life to the dry browns and gold.
This company specialised in reproduction 19th century Staffordshire Ware. It was first in Stoke from 1968 until Dec 1999 then moved to Tunstall in 2000. The company was dissolved on 19th November 2013. The jug was bought from a charity shop many years ago.
A dry flower stem of broad-leaved Dock.

Here are some names of different Dock varieties: broad leaved, curly, fiddle, patience, clustered, aegean, marsh, red-veined. Then this one I have identified as broad – leaved dock has several different names bitter leaved dock/ blunt leaved dock/butter dock. Their family is Polygonaceae. A weed!

Some would argue it is not a weed and contributes to an animal’s diet. It is relatively high in phosphates and potasium and high in magnesium. Their tannin content also helps animals not to bloat.

A large mature plant can produce 60,000 ripe seeds. The seeds become viable from milk stage onwards and immature seeds will continue to mature on cut stems. The seeds contain a chemical that inhibits microbial decay and are capable of surviving in undisturbed soil for over 50 years!

If you have offended your friend or your neighbour, you need to acknowledge your wrong, and it is his duty to forgive you. Then you ask God to forgive you, because the person you offended belongs to God, and in hurting that person you have sinned against his Creator and Redeemer.

E.G. White Steps to Christ ch4.

3 thoughts on “Broad leaved Dock dried flower stalks and Reeds from France.

  1. Grass/reeds make for a lovely arrangement. They sure are well traveled! That vase has to be the prettiest one I’ve ever seen. So delicate! I’m sure we get a variety of dock here in SA – called wild dagga – I could be wrong. So interesting.


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