Thursday, 8:00 AM. 48 degrees, wind NE, calm. The sky is overcast, and it is drizzling lightly but the barometer predicts partly cloudy skies. We have gotten about a half inch of rain in the last twenty-four hours.
I spied the first flowering of the bigleaf aster, Aster macrophylla, in the woods on 9th St. this morning. Soon the woods will be full of the flowers, the large basal leaves covering the forest floor.
The bright orange leaves of the mountain maple, Acer spicatum, literally glow like a lantern now in the same woods. This is a native maple shrub or small tree that is interesting in every season, and should be grown and used much more than it is.
The spiny fruits of the American chestnut, Castanea dentata, on 9th and Mannpenny are growing larger each day, all right on schedule.