Here’s a slew of pretty pictures, taken during a one-hour morning walk around the yard –
The “lawn” is largely composed of flowers. Some are just pretty:
…but many are wild strawberries (the real thing is far cheerier than
A baby fir-tree cone:
Apple trees are budding:
Not sure what this tree is, but it’s got pretty flowers:
Never got around to moving this extra horse poo to the compost bin, and now it’s lush with greenery and fungi:
The woods by the river have a number of Trillium, a somewhat uncommon and delicate plant; it’s illegal to pick any part of it – even taking a leaf may kill the plant, and they can take fifteen years to flower for the first time:
Also down by the river is the beautiful and malodorous skunk cabbage. The roots are actually edible (after cooking to destroy harmful compounds), and while this still doesn’t sound very appetizing, with all the food craziness going on in the world, the discovery of yet another edible plant on our property is a comforting thing.
Oregon grape – fruit is edible, but very sour…used more in jam than fresh:
There are a couple of these, which I believe are Salmonberry. They’re isolated, with just a few flowers each, which is too bad because I’ve been wanting to try it. If there are only a few berries, maybe I’ll save them for the seed.
I really want to grow some raspberries here…especially black raspberries, the sweetest, most amazing ones I know of. There’s one small patch at the edge of a clearcut near here from which I picked very lightly last year…I think I’ll try to find out how to propagate it before the $#% timber companies spray defoliant or bulldoze it.
I don’t know what this is, but Teri quite likes it, which has rendered a whole patch of our garden area off-limits to tilling and planting:
Catnip is pretty common in un-tilled bits of our garden, and here and there all over the property, but for some reason it LOVES the spot where I grew tobacco last year…maybe I’m creating the ultimate feline drug – Tobacnip!
Speaking of the garden, here’s the beginnings of this season’s planting, which will be much more extensive than last years, and which should benefit from the soil tests and classes we’ve been taking.
Walla Walla onions:
If you’ve got Swede in the family tree (or shop at Ikea), you probably know what Lingonberries are. Delicious and tart, they are made into jams and sauces, and are full of anti-oxidants. Best of all, they grow well in acid soil (ie, all of Western Oregon) and propagate by rhizome as well as seed (they’ll slowly spread out without help from us, and won’t become out-of-control invasives like the Himilayan Blackberries that plague/feed us):
Chives and heirloom tomatoes (Purple Calabash and Brandywine) are under lights in the kitchen waiting for this extended frost season to finally end:
…and finally, no post these days would be complete without cute goat photos
Drama queen nosing through the nasty old chicken wire someone applied over the field fencing:
And Cocoa, with the evidence of a messy bottle feeding still on her face:
That’s it for today, but I’m sure tomorrow will bring a whole bunch of new flowers and cute animal shots