A long, fascinating, witty blog. And in fact, I did write just such a blog on Saturday. Then somehow lost the entire thing while trying to fight with pictures and captions. Mostly because the blog is all about the pictures. Except I had a couple of brilliant haiku’s in there which I cannot possibly re-create. Your loss.
Here’s my attempt to re-create at least part of it, just because it’s too damn beautiful not to share.
We will start our tour
at the gardens. Spring reveals
|wild and cultivated columbines|
herself in flowers.
|the garden columbinia (my plural)|
|lilies of the valley|
|plus rose geranium and some soon to bloom siberian iris in the background|
|more rose geranium with wineberry stems and a peach tree. also much mint and garlic chive|
|just a bit of green for you.|
And now we head down
Into gardens planted by
Mom Nature herself.
|black locust in bloom|
Along the way, I’ll
endeavor to acquaint you
with stuff you can eat.
|aside from being amazingly fragrant, the blooms are edible. their taste is kind of a cross between a violet and the way lilacs smell.|
|ease on down the road|
|Not ragweed, altho often mistaken. also not edible. chrysopsis mariana to you.|
|but right purty they are|
|purslane in bloom. edible. better picture to follow, somewhere in this mess|
|just the creek after the rain. just because.|
|also. what she said above.|
Don’t stop now, so much
More to see and learn about.
Surely not done yet?
|wild garlic mustard. edible. lovely in salads or cooked with other greens. and don't call it shirley|
|say hello to my little friend|
|winter cress. edible , tho better young. a bit bitter. flowers taste like a cross between broccoli and mustard flowers.|
|a better look at purslane|
|water cress in the stream. winter cress's more popular sister|
|I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. DeMille|
There’s nothing like it,
The sound of a creek, tumbling
Over polished stones.
|pink clover, before flowering. all parts of this plant are edible. No thanks to Euell|
|plantain. the other kind. edible and lovely raw or stirfried. tastes like mushrooms. I threw in the dandelion gratis cause people consider them edible. not me.|
|wineberry vine. the leaves make lovely tea now. the berries are magnificent later|
|miami mist not edible|
|chickweed. my favorite spring green. i like it even more than violet leaves. very high in vitamins c and a|
|the white stuff is wild aster|
|my darling chickweed at its finest|
|wild strawberries, not in bloom.|
you can eat the flowers. but why would you when you can wait and have berries?
|i don't know their names. lets call them all alice.|
|wild aster again.|
|we call this heal-all. but i think it's not. feel free to correct me|
|violet leaves. remember what i said earlier? i'm nit going to repeat myself|
|the only wild azalea i've found on the propertty|
|another view of black locust|
|deerberry. berries look like green blueberrys but never change color. edible, but why would you unless starving.|
|wild blueberry or huckleberry.|
|one of the rhododendrons getting ready to bud|
for today. Time to head home.
New beauty awaits.