Wild mustard! Yum!

weed mustard

Wild mustard is a wonderful spring wild edible. If you’re lucky, you’ll see fields of it in bloom!

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Future wild cherries

tree wild cherry

Depending on the interest of our local bird population I hope to be able to follow the development of these tiny wild cherries and show you how they grow. They are very edible. Once upon a time I was famous for my wild cherry jelly.

When is a violet not violet?

flower violet white2

When I was a kid I thought white violets were the most beautiful flowers in the world. One day as I was cutting through my neighbor’s yard to get to my piano lesson at Mrs. Howl’s (okay-Howell’s), I took a kitchen knife and a paper cup with me so I could dig one up from their yard to plant in my own yard. I was never been able to forget that indiscretion because that one plant spread and turned into hundreds of white violets all over my parents’ backyard. Fortunately they are great sprinkled over salads or sugared and used to decorate cakes. Or just eat them right when you pick them so you can say you did.

 

Flower making a face in the rain!

Flower Violet 3-30-18

First violet of my spring takes a bow, making a face in the rain. Does it look like an alien to you? Violets are  hosts for local butterflies! They make fun people food too! But instead of eating them, I am watching all my violets for the first butterfly!

Raccoons love Whole Foods!

Raccoons eat insects

Guess what this raccoon had for dinner last night. Raccoons have a varied diet, similar to ours. Raccoons eat berries, other fruits, nuts, grains, and vegetables. They also eat insects, eggs, poultry, rats, squirrels, small livestock, birds, fish, snakes, craw fish, worms, frogs, and mollusks. Additionally, raccoons will eat pet food, carrion, and human garbage.

Raccoon 1

You can tell it was a raccoon meal because they are so tidy. Craw fish remains from another feast are similarly displayed. Did you guess what raccoon had for dinner last night?

 

insect praying mantis 1

Oh dear…