Evening Primrose-Nine O'Clock Bloomers
Seeing our Bloomers!
Several years ago when my wife and I paid a visit to our good friends in Bristol, Virginia, our host gave my wife some flower seeds. Evening Primrose but she called them nine o clock bloomers because just at 9 o clock in the evening, just like an alarm clock, they burst forth in blooms. We hadn't seen these wonderful flowers before and since that time, we have enjoyed watching the Evening Primrose which we now have in several spots along the front of our house.
The Evening Primrose has a beautiful blossom and when we tell folks about our "bloomers" they like to stop by our house to watch as the blossoms burst from the bud to a full bloom. The process usually takes a couple of minutes. Within an hour the whole plant is full of yellow flowers. When the morning sun comes out the blossoms wilt and the beauty is gone but only until nine o clock the following evening.
We had told our Pastor's wife about the Evening Primrose and she wanted to stop by after church on Sunday night to see the blooms open. We were happy to have them stop by because like every good Baptist, when the Preacher comes for supper, we eat good. This Sunday was no exception and we ate fresh garden vegetables but this time no fried chicken the traditional "dinner for Preachers" here in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this evening we ate cubed steak..
With our stomachs now full and the time for the garden show growing near we all went outside and stood around the Evening Primrose. Needless to say, they were amazed and not at all disappointed as the blooms began to open. "Look! There's one and there's another, just opening!" They now want some seeds so they can have their own Evening Primrose.The seeds are self sowing so if you plant them, they will probably come back the following year.
The Evening Primrose has long been used as a herbal supplement. According to one resource the Evening Primrose was included in the diet of many Native American Tribes. There are also heath benefits from the oil obtained from the seeds and the entire plant is edible although we have never eaten any of ours.
Evening primrose has been used in alternative medicine as an aid in treating heart disease, high cholesterol, circulation problems, premenstrual syndrome, breast pain, certain symptoms of menopause, eczema, psoriasis, acne, osteoporosis, and multiple sclerosis. It has also been used in cancer, Alzheimer's disease, asthma, diabetes,hyperactivity, and stomach or intestinal disorders. Not all uses of supplements made from Evening Primrose have been approved by the FDA.
The Evening Primrose may be found in a variety of colors and I'm sure sometime soon we will have an addition to our flower garden with a variety of colors. The beauty of the flowers in our garden are always special but having someone come look at your "bloomers" may border on being silly, even if it is the Preacher .
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