A Trip ‘North’…naming the blue flower.

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Every time I think I live in ‘the North’ I find out there’s a lot more north of me yet.
I was up towards Fort Nelson, BC. I noticed how far north the Pine Beetle has migrated. Without the Pine trees in this country there isn’t going to be much left to supply the sawmills.

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Pines dying from the Pine Beetle

 

 

 You know what that means then when it comes to the forestry economy and our wooden homes.

lumber-piles

Lumber piles

 

There is still the low quality Poplar fibre, and the Spruce. It seems that spruce will soon be all we’ll have left for volume. This is a BIG deal. BC has done their best to harvest their Pine before it becomes in harvestable.

 

 

 

 

The better part of the trip was the flora: 

blue-flowers

Blue unknown flowers

What kind of flowers are these? They are so pretty in a large area!blue-flowers

PS: the closest I have come to the answer (there are several colors and species):

Blue Gentian: If it is then is then these are it’s uses:

 This strong bitter is used to promote digestion, increase peristalsis, stimulate the flow of bile and improve the appetite. One of the richest herbs in natural sugar it is beneficial for the pancreas, spleen and kidneys. Gentian is also helpful for gastro-intestinal inflammation and for controlling fevers. Some people have used the root to improve physical strength and endurance. Gentian purifies and improves the vascular blood system.

It may also be beneficial for chronic exhaustion from illness, gas elimination, mild laxative, calm hysteria, decrease fever…

In short I’d say it’s a good boost for the chronically ill.

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4 Responses to “A Trip ‘North’…naming the blue flower.”

  1. Hmm is it a Clematis or Wild Blue Flax?

  2. Naomi says:

    We had a pretty cold winter 2 years back. This didn’t slow the beetles down? Or did BC just not get cold enough?
    Where did these beetles originate?

    • sherry says:

      When we were buying logs for our sawmill, we were told by the Forestry that it required a sharp and drastic switch in temperature to -40 or something early in the winter. Well…that hasn’t happened for a while. Hubby logged many years ago and said he’s sure he saw some then, but they never survived in a big way. This beetle infestation originated in the warmer coastal areas of BC.

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