What’s so Great about Grass?

We may need to rethink this fescue fetish we have here in America.

Who needs grass when you can have your own meadow and eat it too?

Bright yellow Dandelions and greens mixed with a tiny purple blooming mint named Gill-over-the-ground and violets.  Why that’s a giant salad. When is the last time you’ve eaten grass?


Not only is it lovely, but Goldfinches eat the dandelion seeds too.  Recognize that yellow?



Now you tell me how a lawn of nothing but green could beat this?

Birds and Blooms.   Just what I love.



Mayapples in April

The Mayapples/Podophyllum peltatum are just starting to bloom here in North Carolina.

These lovely plants make bright green colonies in rich-soiled, hardwood forests.

Mayapple plants have one stem, two leaves and a flower in the crotch where the stem bifurcates.

The solitary flower is hidden under the umbrella-like leaves.

The petals are waxy white and the stamens are a lovely butter yellow.

Wild flowers are wonderful.

Go find some!



A Child of the Woods

Back when I was young, I spent most of my time outside.

I have always been fascinated by nature.


We would include rocks, plants and animals into our play.

When my sister and I took a walk this afternoon,

we saw a lovely stand of white wildflowers.


I wanted to call them another name, but “blood root” came out of my mouth.

The scientific name is Sanguinaria canadensis.   Sanguineus means blood red.


That name was way back in my brain. We used to play with this plant.


The roots bleed red, as the name implies. We would paint ourselves with its dye.


I was thrilled to have that memory brought back to me.


You may take the Flower out of the woods,

but you cannot take the Woods out of the Flower.


An Evening Walk in the Woods

I took a walk down our road this evening.

I wanted to photograph two of our wildflowers.

Jewelweed/ Impatiens capensis/Touch me nots

The orange Jewel weed was being molested by a group of hummingbirds.


They were zipping through the patch, shaking the plants and making all kinds of racket.


Periodically one would sit and rest on the nearby Pokeberry weed.


I also wanted to get some pictures of hearts-a-bustin’.

Hearts-a-bustin/ Euonymus americanus

I cut across my neighbors’ property on the way home.

I found even more fungi.

Red -belted polypore/ bracket fungi

This snail is having this knocked-over-one for supper.

IMG_4304I gave it back after the photo.

Amanita ? Poisonous ? Never eat tall white.


‘Tis the season!

Snail on a mushroom on a tree. Food chain!

Snails love their ‘shrooms!