Monday, July 23, 2012

Morning Walk

Monday, July 23, 2012

Just returned from a morning walk with Karl the Wonder Dog. It's 59° and quiet, save for the warblers and vireos of the forest who sing kind pleasantries as others begin to awake. I hope sometime to find a skilled bird enthusiast who can share with me the identities of these elusive little birds. They are songiferous!

Karl does not see well and has always had a problem with one eye. This morning he caught a patch of black down the road almost 200 yards that I missed at first. He came to attention, tail raised, feet firmly planted. I held tight and made out a bear cub crossing the road. We waited and waited for the sow and perhaps a brother or sister cub but the one we spotted must have been the last to cross. Black berries and black caps are ripening now and perhaps they were heading for the edge of the road to find breakfast. I like cream on my berries but they use their tongues to curl them off the bushes.

The Queen Anne's Lace pictured above are noticeable everywhere now. I enjoy seeing them begin to unfurl. A month ago people began to comment on how many Queen Anne's Lace they were seeing along the roads but really they were seeing that insidious weed, wild chervil which is spreading all over the east just like filipendula and Joe Pye weed. The white flower of Queen Anne's Lace is not close to the chervil but people and kids don't seem to know that. Some have a very bad reaction, something similar to poison ivy, when they pick chervil thinking it is the Queen. I suspect that warmer climates and fewer killing temperatures during the winters have lead to these invasives growing everywhere. I don't like them but many are already beyond control. I always hoped some day to teach myself welding so I could pick up a type of sculpture I began back in university days. I always wanted to recreate a Queen Anne's Lace flower in steel before it unfurled but perhaps the dream will only continue. Right now they are nice to look at. A cousin of the carrot but not something to eat.

For now it's simply another cup of coffee as I grab the money box and head to the nursery. I'll check the level of the Winooski River first to insure that the foot valve for the pump is still adequately under water and then I will get the hoses ready for this morning's watering. It takes three hours to get the pots done. The daylilies are looking beautiful and the 400 we planted during the past month need a drink too.

If you get a chance today, stop and visit us and see the daylilies. They are in peak bloom and nice to see. The Northeast Kingdom has lots of activities in the summer and a trip north from here is worth it. Gail and I will be at the farm all day and would enjoy seeing you!

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