On a recent forest-walk I gathered these pretty blossoms for bouquets
As Autumn draws nearer my source for foraged bouquets is vanishing. Soon, it will be time to gather for Fall.
On this trip I gathered white daisies, St. John's Wort (also known as "Klamath weed"), hawkweed, and mock orange.
There are several types of wild daisies here that bloom from spring until late summer. They grow everywhere along trails and in the forest meadows. They make a nice cut flower for single or mixed bouquets.
St. John's wort grows abundantly here as well. It is regarded as an invasive weed but I find it lovely. Bees love it, too. And, aside from being an attractive plant it has medicinal qualities, as well!
St. John's pretty yellow blossoms may be made into a a red-colored tincture used for mild to moderate depression and mild pain. Depending on my need, I'll use from one dropper full to three droppers full, three times a day in juice or herbal tea. Dosing may be added to wine or water, as well.
The blossoms soaked in olive oil make a soothing red balm that I use with arnica cream for aches and pulled muscles.
Odd that the yellow blossoms yield a red product, but they do. This may be why this plant is named after St. John the Baptist. It was believed that it oozed blood on the day he was executed - possibly August 27th or 29th.
A bit of herbal folklore suggests that St. John's wort, if gathered on the Summer Solstice - around June 21st, or on the Saint's birthday - June 24th - and hung in the home, would protect against evil spirits and thunder storms.
To make St. John's wort oil or tincture, pack a jar with the blossoms. Pour enough olive oil or tincturing medium (vodka, brandy, vinegar, vegetable glycerin) over the blossoms to fill the jar and top the blossoms.
Securely screw on a lid. Let soak for six weeks in a dark cupboard, shaking the jar, or not. Strain off the red liquid and discard the spent blossoms. Store your medicinal in a dark cupboard or pantry. It will last for years.
Hawkweed is a roadside, trailside plant with tiny yellow blossoms that I use as a filler in bouquets much as one would use baby's breath.
Mock orange is a shrub native to Idaho and is our State flower. It's easy to find in open areas of the woods. It smells somewhat like orange blossoms and bears pretty white flowers in clusters.
This bouquet is composed of daisies, St. John's wort, and hawkweed.
The glossy leaves and lovely white flowers of mock orange make a lovely "stand alone" bouquet