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Snow as a Novelty

Walked around with my camera looking for something interesting.
In the fir woods, wet snow turned icy had settled on mushrooms.
Under the house eaves,
dry morning snow sits on the dead flowers of Autumn Sedum.

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In the garden, some plants huddled under the snow.

It is not as though Bok Choy, Salad Burnet, Swiss Chard or Artichokes
were excited about the snow, but they did not roll over and die.
I’ll see how well they really survive come spring.

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We walked by the creek and looked at some leafless Oak Trees.
Ferns grow on the damp lower branches,
and Lichen hangs from branches.
Poison Oak and Hawthorns are dormant now,
so we could walk safely under the oaks.

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Some Local Wildflowers

Maybe it is because we have had such a mild winter and wet spring, there is an abundance of wildflowers.  You just get lucky sometimes!


Ox-eye daisies line the driveway.  I wonder if they grow so prolific along the edge because that is the area that gets mowed all summer long?

We have hillsides of these cute little flowers, specially under the oak trees.
Baby blue eyes is the common name.

While they closely resemble each other, to me, these are different flowers.
Look at the leaves and on the right, the petal tips are split.


These are commonly called ‘shooting stars’.
Do you see the black tip at the opposite end of the petals?

A friend in town had a hillside of these white ‘trout lilies’,
while I could find only three specimens on my property.


Buttercups are about done on our land, but on a hike at an adjacent property,
we found many still in bloom.


In the borage family.  With its large leaves, it is a distinctive plant.
I have no recollection of ever seeing this plant here before,
but found a number of them this year.
Mostly in places recently cleared of poison oak and hawthorns
(our local scourges!).


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While Rue is technically an herb, I think a lot of folks would call it an annoyance. The leaves can irritate the skin of sensitive persons.

With such a reputation, I felt the deer and rabbits would surely leave it alone, but I was wrong. When I transplanted a number of seedlings to an un-fenced planting bed, they were decimated in short time. I do keep this plant in the back of the flower bed to minimize my own brushes with it. There is an aroma when the leaves are brushed, which is distinct, but not near as pungent as say Santolina.

Personally, I think this perennial is a very pretty plant, it does not deserve the bad rap that some gardeners give it.  Just because it has an unusual scent and perhaps bothers the skin of some persons – this is not poison oak!  I may watch myself, and not rub it all over my body, but it can have its own space. The small, delicate leaves and flowers are a strong contrast to everything else that grows around it.  It can stay in my garden.