Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Floral Path

Yellow Allamandas and Madagascar periwinkle, Vinca rosa fringe this brick pathway of circular steps. The steps lead to a look-out point at a higher level for viewing the happenings beyond our stone fencing.

The colourful Periwinkle is one of the earlier known medicinal plant.
Many alkaloids derived from it have anti cancer properties, such as vincristine and vinblastine. In some folklore medicine, it is also used to treat a wide range of diseases and conditions which run the gamut from inflammation, malaria, diabetes, depression to various cancers.

I plant them for their perpetual blooms of various hues and colours. I do not care much for the akaloids. The stunning visual effect is balm to the weary soul.

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.

- Irish Blessings


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