Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Acres of Color

Travel down any of the backroads in this part of Kentucky and you will see beautiful fields of color. Acres and acres of  Henbit, an invasive weed. Please note the sun is not shining on my old Kentucky home and the color appears darkened in this photo.




Monday, March 28, 2011

Dandelion Fritters

The very best way to rid your lawn of Dandelions is to eat them. All parts are edible but the stems are on the bitter side.  Be sure that your harvesting is from areas that are chemical free. This recipe is from a small book of Wild Recipes which you can look for at your local library.
                                                      
                         Dandelion Fritters
1 cup biscuit mix                           1/2 inch oil in skillet
1 cup milk                                      4 cups Dandelion flower heads (without stems)
1 Tablespoon sugar or honey

Mix together the biscuit mix, milk and sugar or honey. Heat oil in skillet until it sizzles when a bit of the batter is dropped into it. Dip dandelion flowers into mix and drop into hot oil headfirst. Fry until golden brown. Turn with tongs and brown the other side. Drain on paper towel and serve hot or cold.

Enjoy!  
  
          

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Tulips From Turkey?

I mostly post about 'weedy things' but I treated myself to a five dollar bouquet of tulips from Walmart. Snapping a macro shot and doing a quick internet search gave me information I did not associate with the tulip.  The year 1594 is the official date of tulips flowering in The Netherlands. Forty years later Tulip mania captured the minds and purses of Holland. But, the tulip arrived in The Netherlands from the Ottoman Empire and the word tulip is derived from the Persian word 'dulban' or turban.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Reverse Ladybug ??

This is a very little bug but it caught my eye as it was moving up the trunk of a Tulip Poplar. A tiny Ladybug in reverse? After checking my 'bug book' I sent the picture off to the Horticulture Agent at the County Extension Office. The answer received was the bug in question is a member of the Asian Lady Beetle family. Aren't the colors in the tree bark pretty?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Porkapotamus

It's official !!
The newest member in the clan has a blog.  Check him out at porkapotamus.blogspot.com

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Lichen

Some interesting info about lichens. They do not have roots, don't need a water supply, can grown in locations impossible for most plants, can survive in space, are eaten by some cultures, have been used to extract purple and red colors and contain the substance olivetol that is also found in cannabis. I thought this was a nice looking specimen.