More than weeds at tim’s weed patch…

The Virginia ‘Bluebells”-Mertensia virginica-dot the woodland forests,flood plains,and moist soils from March thru April growing  .3m-.6m(1-2ft) tall.They have clusters of blue to lavender trumpet shaped flowers that stand out in the prairie.Virginia bluebells are native to N.A. with 23 species in it’s genus.This spring beauty is a favorite to bees,butterflies,and deer.When bunched together they provide protection to wildlife. Also this beautiful plant can be cultivated in your garden!

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pic by td-thanks to illinoiswildflowers.info for help-thanks for stopping by today!

Thoreau for your Monday…

How silent are the footsteps of spring! there, too, where there is a fraction of the meadow, two rods over, quite bare, under the bank, in this warm recess at the head of the meadow, though the rest of the meadow is covered with snow a foot or more in depth, I was surprised to see skunk-cabbage, with it’s great spear-heads open and ready to blossom…The spring advances in spite of snow and ice, and even cold.March 30,1856.

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top pic by td-Happy Monday!-thanks for reading-td

Common in our parts…

Henbit-Lamium amplexicaule-is a winter annual that is showing it’s stuff at this time of year.It’s purple top dots the landscape in rich ag fields,hillsides,gardens,waste places(my fave),and my yard.Henbit is an early favorite of honeybees for nectar as the plant does not last that long as the season heats up. Henbit is often called Dead Nettle but is different in that the flower has no stalk of it’s own.As seen in the below pic,the weed can grow.It reproduces by seeds as each plant has 2000 seeds.While the weed can be a bother as it sprouts up where it is not wanted-classic definition-it is basically easy to control. Henbit can be used as erosion control in some parts of the land.As with many weeds that hold down our planet,they can be eaten.According to http://www.ediblewildfood.com, henbit can be eaten fresh or used as a tea.Oh by the way-the name henbit comes from the idea that chickens liked to eat them back when they ran around the farm.

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pics by td-thanks to http://www.ediblewildfood.com for help.thanks for stopping by-td