Saturday, April 30, 2011

New Boots

New boots for the clean-up jobs.
 I think tons of rain fell over the past few days.
Water in the gulch swift enough to take
the soil off the tree base.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Waiting....waiting...waiting....

.....for the Hummingbirds
 It is a wonder where they could be 
There has been so much wind and rain
they could be blown out to sea.

The red honeysuckle
 is a favorite of hummingbirds 
and ready to burst into bloom
I do hope those little creatures
will arrive here soon.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Looking Around

Robins egg blue, broken into
Fish don't swim in grass
Rising waters claim field of flowers
Growing moss is gathering stone
Where have all the dandelions gone

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Spring is Best

Every season has it's beauty so trying decide which one you really like best is a difficult task. I have chosen Spring, when the earth's awakening and renewal is evident in the brilliant greens of new growth and colors that provide a feast for the eye.
 
Top: Crab Apple Flower
Left: Redbud Branch
Right: Grape Hyacinth & Weeds

Monday, April 4, 2011

Henbit & Deadnettle

A closer look at those fields of purple will show us Henbit and Deadnettle. They are relatives and members of the mint family. Both are weeds of no-till crop production and that explains how we can have hundreds of acres of purple in the spring before the farmers spray their fields.

Henbit  has rounded leaves that appear to encircle the stem.
Deadnettle leaves are more triangular or heart shaped.
Both plants are edible and have medicinal value. The upper parts of the plants can be cooked as pot herbs, added to salads or used in teas. Gather only plants that have not been exposed to chemicals.