Well the post tag for this has been sort of a joke, because that’s what I call looking for/identifying wild things – edibles, medicinals and plants. This elusive asparagrass wanted to be noticed today. She was pretty easy to find! It’s definitely a cool thing to see.
On today’s walk I identified horsetail, Johnny Jump Ups, Wild Mustard, I think Crab Apple Blossoms? (smelled AWESOME). There are some blossoms in which I could not identify that also smelled very nice. The pink thing is something in my yard which I obtained from the house next to our local health food store in Remus. Last summer the guy said he just bought the house and was going to clear everything out. I said WAIT! Let me grab some of this stuff, ok? I still don’t know what this pink blossomed plant is.
I need to get copies of the Peterson’s Field Guides I have had in the past and given away. It’s much easier to identify things with those books handy!
Things have been pretty busy around here, which is a good thing. Most of you who know me are aware that I have workaholic tendencies. I’ve vowed to take some time out each day to get outside, stop and smell the flowers! I just started doing this since the weather has warmed up. I haven’t had a chance to do it every single day, but am getting a bit better at it. My thoughts on this are “even 5-20 minutes make a difference”.
I’ve been trying to take weekends off to get beading done to restock shops and festival goods, but it’s been a difficult task to prioritize this!
My blog has been a bit neglected here so I decided to post some pictures I took on my walk yesterday. Anyone have any idea what flower/plant this is? It was growing in the wet areas along the dirt road near my house.
Off for a quick walk! 🙂
What flower is this?
I was finally able to sneak away some time for gardening today. I got out there starting at 7:30 am for 2 hours, and tilled the earth by hand in the rain. It was so good! I’ve been doing so much indoors lately (work related), that it was good to get outside for fresh air and grounding! My first patch is an area for black eyed Susans, which will be around the perimeter of our porch. I have a salsa sized jar filled with black eyed susan seeds from my mom, in addition to some extra from my friend Bonnie as well. read more
We finally made it to Anderson & Girls before closing time. This is a petting farm & gift shop that is in route when we pick up and drop off Leaf’s son in Charlotte MI. They have the best red kernel popcorn around! I *just* ran out, so it was awesome timing. We got to pet a bunch of critters. The goats love me, lol. I got to do some cheek scratchin’ and horn pullin’. This just reinforces my love and desire to get some farm animals at some point.
Now I have to make sure we stop there when Jasper is here. We used to go to a place called Lewis Farm Market, which is north of Rothbury. After we moved, it was less likely of a trip. Anderson & Girls is right on the way during our treks to pick up Johnny, so I’m excited to have an awesome place to go to pet critters again. Can’t beat the popcorn either. 😉
We didn’t get a chance to grow a garden this year, so we let some of the weeds grow. We now have 3 gorgeous acres to contend with, and will need to prepare our garden spots in order to be ready for 2010 planting. The summer is flying by SO fast!! We managed to do a little bit of container gardening which consists of a few tomato plants obtained from my dad, and several contained perennial flowers. I still have a slew of seeds from the spring. I put together an order through Jasper’s school in California, but they didn’t make it here until early June. They’re super nice heirloom varieties, so they should be ok for a few more months! I do plan on setting up some pots with soil this week so I can start some herbs that will winter over in the house. We have a ton of nice house plants now, and they are thriving in our bay window! Our plants have never looked so nice! I truly believe that house plants thrive on human presence. read more
Jasper and I had so much fun at Tubb’s Lake yesterday! It was a bit chilly and rainy, but jasper managed to catch a few fish! None of them were really keepers, but it was good fishing practice for him. I didn’t realize that he had already gained some casting experience from previous boating excursions with his grandpa Henry. We went on an excellent boat ride with Gary & Kim. I managed to get a few camera shots of some wildlife too. I’ve never taken pictures while moving in a boat. It took quite a steady hand and focus. read more
Here are a few shots of Jasper having fun in the wheat field across the street. I’m so glad to have my lil’ dude back from California. I missed him so much!! Check out the slide-show view by clicking on the image, and then the arrows. Photos taken by Brother Bear Yovino of B.L.I.S.S. Photography.