Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Rise of the Flowers

"Life is short but sweet for certain." -Dave Matthews band

From this day, and all of the spring forth, they will rise up from the earth. Their goal, to cover field and forest alike. Wild. Uncontrollable. Sometimes edible, sometimes medicinal, exploding towards the sky in unabashed beauty and fervor. We watch the waves of color, with the rise we are in awe, from the spring...

Above, the Coltsfoot flower looks powerful, and it may be. Steeping dry Coltsflower leaves for a tea, or taking and extract from the fresh leaves have the reputation of the cure for the common cough. Just don't pluck them in the park where all flowers are protected!

Pluck away out here, this purple ground cover flower is known as a weed - and it's threatening to take over the field!

Another powerful plant, the Bloodroot, opens and closes with the day and was once used for war paint and insect repellent. Today the plant is still used medicinally.

Sweetleaf shrubs/small trees are not normally found in Shenandoah but are readily found in Virginia's Seashore state park at VA beach. Since I love plants that look like they belong in Dr. Seuss books I had to put it up.

More signs of the spring!

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