Black Squirrel

Crunch, crunch.  The leaves are nearly all gone and this squirrel was back, same tree, more black walnuts, having a meal as I came by.  It’s funny how distinctive the sound of a squirrel gnawing a nut can be after …

Bittersweet Flowers

We have always called this bittersweet – the green leaves, when eaten, have a tangy citrus flavor – and it is a frequent visitor to our lawn.  This flower appeared in a cluster of other green along the river and …

Cucumbers, Fresh and Gone

The wild cucumber vines are still easy to see with their large leaves.  Some are just flowering, quite late in the year.  Some have fruited and the cucumbers are just greening up, their spiky bodies easy to see hanging off …

Underappreciated Clover

Most suburbanites mow their clover down without a second thought.  It’s an interesting flower, though, and each little part of the flower is quite delicate.  This low pink clover is quite pretty and is quite a contrast to the tall …

Cheep Cheep

These flowers have appeared near where the garlic mustard was gathered.  At first I thought they were related but these have 8 distinct white petals and are common chickweed (Stellaria media).  it’s edible, in moderation, and apparently is …

Climbing Cucumber

The wild cucumbers have appeared again.  Only a few have flowered, like this one, and I thought it was funny how their flowered stems shot straight up in the air.  You can also see a vine growing up the side …

Heal Thyself

I’ve seen this one called “self heal” or “heal all” but is also known as Prunella.  This one was not in full flower, so there the nub top of the flower is still poking out above the purple lobed …