Posts made in April, 2013

Violet: A Spark of the Divine

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in edible, flowers, leaves, spring, Unmowed Blog | 2 comments

Violet: A Spark of the Divine

The cathedral of St. John the Divine. This is the chapter house, a smaller building next to the immense cathedral, one of the largest in the world. It’s a magnificent building, like a medieval fortress. But nature manages to sneak in somehow, finding a crack in the most impressive monuments. One little spark of green in the corner–a spring violet. Violet is a genus, not a species–it’s like saying, “Oh, look, there’s a duck.” But is it a mallard, a wood duck, a black duck? There’s a zillion kinds of ducks. There are hundreds of species of...

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Ramps: Spring Vegetable

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 in edible, leaves, spring, Unmowed Blog | 4 comments

Ramps: Spring Vegetable

Ramps. A strange name for a plant. It’s a pretty spring wildflower, with flat green leaves. I’ve seen them sprouting in earliest spring, popping out of the dried leaves on the forest floor along with trout lilies, anemones, and hepatica. Wild leeks is another name for them. Odd to think of the pretty spring flower as a vegetable. There were baskets of them for sale at the Greenmarket in Union Square, New York City. They’re quite delicious–a spicy, oniony taste, but light and delicate. I’ve nibbled them raw, and I imagine they’d be delectable when...

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Spring Moon

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in photos, spring, Unmowed Blog | 2 comments

Thanks to Diane Hale Smith for this beautiful moon collage. It was taken last month, when the moon and the clouds were playing hide and seek all night.

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Cinnamon Fern: Summer Plumes

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in leaves, photos, plant parts, summer, Uncategorized, Unmowed Blog | 1 comment

Cinnamon Fern. Osmundastrum cinnamomeum. (At least that’s the Latin name as of the moment, they seem to keep on changing names and reclassifying plants more often than I change my socks.) Many thanks to Frank Knight for this lovely photo–what a nice birthday present! Delicious as it looks, the brown stuff isn’t really cinnamon, of course. In fern-speak, the fuzzy brown stalks are called fertile fronds–leaves whose function is to help the plant reproduce. The fertile fronds grow sori, which are containers for dust-like brown spores. The green leaves are called sterile...

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Earth Day

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in flowers, photos, spring, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Stand up for the Earth! “Green” isn’t very much in the news these days, and other–very worthy–causes grab more headlines. But stay green. Even if you’re the lonely voice in the crowd, keep on telling people–we need to care for our planet. Thanks to Wells Horton for this wonderful photo. ...

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