Jacob’s Staff

Jacob’s Staff Flower

This is a close up of the flower on the stalk of a Jacob’s Staff (Verbascum thapsus). The leaves are furry in a rosette pattern on the ground and then stalk shoots up as high as eight feet.

Geese with Sow

In the distance, behind the sow and geese, you can see some tall Jacob’s Staff out in the south field. Speaking of geese, they still haven’t told me why they’re here. They lay some eggs in the spring. They mow the grass around the upper pond, if I let them, and out in the fields. The honk. But I still have not quite figured them out. So far no Christmas dinner for Tiny Tim so they’re safe on that score.

Outdoors: 77°F/50°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 73°F/70°F

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10 Responses to Jacob’s Staff

  1. ranch101 says:

    Geese are also pretty good predators of small vermin. I used to see mine fighting over rats. The chickens and ducks would gobble up the babies when I dug rats’ nests up, but the geese would attack the full grown ones!

  2. Jessie says:

    Why did Heisenberg hate driving cars?
    Because every time he looked at the speedometer he got lost!
    Love the new banner!

  3. David Lloyd Sutton says:

    I snorted coffee at your daily spark. You should be reported to the SPCA (Society For the Prevention of Cruelty to Authors).

    Used to keep a small gaggle of Toulouse Geese in Santa Barbara. They occasionally succeeded in reproducing, and if the goslings didn’t drown in cloudbursts or fall to raccoons or coyotes, I sometimes did get to eat one.

    One time I came on the whole bunch in an inward facing circle around the kiddy pool I kept for them to bathe and clean their beaks in. A goose and gander were in the pool, facing each other, wings spread, dipping and raising their entire bodies, necks flexing, first tips up vertically, then scooping low, in synchrony, obviously high ceremonial. One of the circle saw me watching, hissed, and all froze, staring at me with a “This is an invasion of privacy!” look, and none of them even twitched until I withdrew. Geese are possessed of quite a bit of dignity.

  4. Teresa says:

    I just love my geese. They mate for life and are the best parents I have around here. They will attack my ox to protect their nest of eggs.

  5. mellifera says:

    Wikipedia: “Emollient and astringent properties.”


    • There are so many fascinating uses for these and other plants. When I’m out walking the pastures I am capturing photos of plants I don’t know about and then using Google to ID them. Then I use Wikipedia. That has got to be one of the greatest systems of all time. I wish I had it as a kid. We had an encyclopedia but it was small and lacked the growing, the contributions. I’m a Wiki fan. :)

  6. I have always called the above plant Mullien. In Michigan where I grew up – it was known as Indian Toilet Paper:) It is a medicinal plant and is most often found where soil has been disturbed but is relatively fertile.

    As for geese – they are great to eat (eggs and meat). The fat when rendered is superior to lard or butter when it comes to “French Cooking”. I used my last spoonfuls of goosefat a few days ago when roasting some new potatoes with rosemary – to die for delicious.

    A pair of geese are wonderful on the farm as an alarm for predators. We are planning to get two pairs of geese to protect our small flock of breeding ducks next year – some say – they are better than dogs for this purpose.

    Hope this helps, Walter!!!

    Kind regards,

    Violet – Shepherd

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