|DESIGNED BY NATURE|
Thursday, 8:00 AM. 67 degrees, wind NW, calm. The sky is lightly overcast and somewhat hazy, and although the barometer predicts rain I think not today.
I have never seen fields and roadsides so colorful. The lupines are still in full bloom, and many summer wild flowers and roadside weeds are added to them. Of special note at present is the sweet Cicely, Osmorhiza chilensis, in the parsley family. A strong perennial with showy umbels of tiny white flowers tinged with pink, the roots are particularly fragrant but the entire plant suffuses a dainty, faint but unmistakable perfume. Some sources list it as rare, but it is abundant all along the southern shore of Lake Superior in Wisconsin.
Black raspberry plants are flowering and make quite a show on roadsides and woods edges. The berry crop promises to be enormous.
Gardens in town are hardly more colorful and showy than fields and roadsides now, all beautiful in their own way, whether designed by man or nature. It is truly a season, and a year, to remember.