Friday, April 29, 2011

green up time


We took a walk down to the lake to see what was coming up.

Not a lot, but enough for salad.

garlic mustard

Do the world a favor, pull it up by the roots and eat it.

the lovely and talented chickweed

just one of the edible stages of cattails

fiddleheads!

Note the papery sheath and grooved, non-hairy stem. These are i.d. characteristics for Matteucia struthiopteris & M. pennsylvanica aka ostrich fern. I confess, these are from my garden. I planted them because they're getting rare in nature and I don't like foraging things that are possibly endangered.

As we turned to come home, Mike said, "In a few more weeks, Mr. Snake will be up and out." We have a snake (or two) that lives under the rocks near where the dock goes in. By the time that happens on Memorial Day weekend, Mr. Snake is long gone, or at least knows enough not to show his scaly head. We've never met him while swimming or heard of anyone being bitten, so we're not worried.


Apparently, we weren't the only ones who thought it was a nice enough day to venture out and great the sun.

3 Comments:

At April 30, 2011 at 5:56 AM , Anonymous Leda Meredith said...

Let the season begin! I found milkweed shoots near Adelphi yesterday.

 
At April 30, 2011 at 6:37 AM , Blogger Sara said...

My heart leaped when I saw the title, and then again when I saw the fiddleheads! I was just thinking yesterday as I looked out at my magnificent stand of ostrich fern... I really missed the boat this year, both for pictures and dining. They went from "not yet" to "way too big" in a blink.

 
At June 20, 2016 at 4:53 PM , Anonymous Lyn said...

I suppose that snake has better things to do than watch foragers and swimmers.

 

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