Thoreau for your Thursday…

Few come to the woods to see how the pine lives and grows and spires, lifting its evergreen arms to the light, to see its perfect success…The pine is no more lumber than man is, and to be made into boards and houses is no more its true and highest use of man is to be cut down and made into manure. A pine cut down, a dead pine, is no more pine than a dead human carcass is a man. Is it the lumberman who is friend and lover of the pine…No, no, it is the poet who makes the truest use of the pine, and let it stand…Every creature is better alive than dead, both men and moose and pine-trees, as if life is more beautiful than death. November 1, 1853.

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One “wicked”weed…

Yup I found it in my neighbor’s yard in the corner behind a shed in the corner where he does not mow. We are not close at all since he has moved in and part of my yard is dying because of his. Anyway one never knows where I will find my next weed to study but when unusual plants stick out, I am all over it. I have not seen this weed since “cutting weeds out of beans” on my sister’s farm 50+ years ago-the old fashioned way-hoe in one hand and weed in the other. The weed is Jimsonweed-Datura stramonium-also called Thorn-Apple,Devil’s Trumpet,Jamestown Weed, and Stinkweed. A native to Asia, it is found all over the world growing in all the usual places like waste places, corn fields, old feed lots,etc.It has a tree like presence growing .3-1.4m(1-4 FT) tall and is blooming now in my parts. It’s foliage has a rank odor with a beautiful white/purplish flower that blooms at night but my observation was during the day and it did not last long. It has brown seed capsule that is covered in spikes. The foliage and seeds contain an assortment of toxic alkaloids that can be fatal to mammals and humans.Twenty seeds can kill a child- wicked for sure! Amy Stewart in her book”Wicked Plants” classify Jimson Weed as “dangerous”. I continue to watch this weed and now there are two growing in his yard. Unfortunately there is a fence between the yards that may hinder my study but I can get creative!

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pic by td-thanks to illinoiswildflowes and nor.org for help and thanks for stopping by tim”s weed patch!

Got weeds?…

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Just made my day…

A week ago I was by one of my local weed patches-tim’s weed patch 2.0-for a look see. Before I go on let me prep this story. Last year this weed patch-which sits at the far corner of a very nice urban park and corn/bean field-was mowed down for optic cables. The locals have been using it as a dumping ground for organic matter-flowers,leaves,plants,straw,etc.-even though we have curb side recycling. So with all this  fertile soil many plants grew very well. One of the plants that grew like crazy was this morning glory. I had never seen a morning glory grow like this-it was sprawling and climbing on the adjacent vegetation. You could tell it was healthy and stood out in the crowd with it’s deep purple flower and massive vine. So with it’s demise after the machine came through I was saddened-my “wildness” was gone. So this spring-as nature always seems to do-the patch was coming back. In the back part of my brain I was wondering if I would see my weed-Ipomoou purpulea(common morning glory)? Eureka it was back and back even better-it made my day!

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pics by td-my common morning glory-“In wildness is the preservation of the world”-Thoreau.Thanks for stopping by today!

Stars on the landscape…

New England Asters-Aster novae-angliae-are a fall flower(some bloom in the summer) that are just starting to bloom in my neck of the woods. This aster-despite it’s name-is found through out the U.S. but more so in the east. There are 120 species found in the U.S. out of 250  found on the planet. Just in time for the monarch butterfly migration this fall is the nectar that they use to fuel the trip. Also the ancients used the aster for snakebite and skin disorders. Aster is Latin for star-dotting the landscape.

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pic by td-thanks to “Suburban Wildflowers”-Richard Headstrom and for stopping by today.

 

Thoreau for your Saturday…

I mark the summer’s swift decline;

The springing sward its grave- clothes weaves.

Oh, could I catch the sounds remote!

Could I but tell to human ear

The strains which on the breezes float

And sing the requiem of the dying year!

Journal, undated

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pic by td-my potted plants are starting to look shaggy-Happy Saturday! thanks for reading today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thoreau for your Wednesday…

In society you will not find health, but in nature.Unless our feet at least stood in the midst of nature, all our faces would be pale and livid…There is no scent in it so wholesome as that of pines, nor any fragrance so penetrating and restorative as the life-everlasting in high pastures. To him who contemplates a trait of natural beauty no harm nor disappointment can come. A Natural History Of Massachusetts-1842.

 

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