|SHINLEAF IN FLOWER...|
|SHINLEAF IN FLOWER...|
|MAYFLY HATCH IN ASHLAND|
Thursday, 9:00 AM. 70 degrees F, a bit cooler on the back porch. The wind is variable and mostly calm. The sky is clear with haze over the water. The humidity is down to 70% and the barometer is down to 29.93". It will be a nice summer day. I have to mow the lawn and water plants before leaving tomorrow morning for Milwaukee and my 60th high school class reunion.
We went food shopping in Washburn yesterday and the rapid increase of food prices has become painfully obvious. Joan and I are certain that common food items have increased 30% in the last ten years. We haven't seen this kind of inflation since the reign of that other infamous socialist, Jimmy Carter. Inflation is nothing more than a purposeful, un-legislated "spread the wealth" tax, perpetrated by the US version of a monarchical central bank, the Federal Reserve. As long as our country keeps printing fiat money that has no intrinsic value to pay out debts, we will have greater and greater inflation and a poorer and poorer debtor society. Do we never learn?
Shinleaf, Pyrola rotundifolia, one of the northwoods plants in the heath family (Ericaceae) is in bloom, this one found along the lake bluff south of Bayfield. Several species of shin leaf inhabit dry northern woods, most are circumpolar in the northern hemisphere, and have long been used in folk and herbal medicine as astringents for the treatment of internal and external bleeding. They are closely related to the aromatic, evergreen herbaceous plants commonly called wintergreens found in the same habitats. The minute, waxy, greenish-white flowers, borne on erect stems, are quite attractive.
While getting gas in Ashland yesterday I noticed quite a hatch of Mayflies. Probably should get out the flyrod.
|THOR AND HIS HAMMER|
|LARGE WHITE PINE ON THE LAKESHORE...|
|...ITS TOP TURNED TO MATCHWOOD|
|BIG RED OAK ON HWY. 13...|
|....STRIPPED OF ITS BARK|
|A BAYFIELD APPLE PIE|
|...UMBEL OF FRAGRANT FLOWERS|
|COMMON MULLEIN FLOWER STALK...|
|MULLEIN PLANTS GROWING ALONG HWY. J|
Monday, 8:00 AM. 62 degrees F, wind W, calm to at times moderately gusty. The sky is mostly cloudy and overcast, but the humidity has dropped to 75%, while the barometer has peaked at 30.12". It looks like it will be another cool day, but hopefully warmer than yesterday, which was almost frigid. The globe may be warming somewhere, but not in Bayfield, Wisconsin.
The common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca, in the milkweed family (Asclepiadaceae) is now beginning to bloom. Almost everyone knows this plant, with its milky, sticky sap and intensely fragrant blossoms. The family and genus are named after the Greek god of medicine, Asclepias, because of the many folk remedies associated with these plants. The common milkweed has long been used for pain relief, its leaves and stems for fiber and the down surrounding the seeds, called kapok, for stuffing pillows and life preservers. But most Americans today mainly only recognize its ecological importance as the obligate host of the Monarch butterfly caterpillar. It is a North American native, but Linnaeus, the father of scientific binomial nomenclature, mistakenly believed it to be of Asian origin, hence its specific name, syriacus.
The common mullein, Verbascum thapsis, in the figwort family, the Scrophulariaceae, is a favorite of mine, even though it is a field weed of European origin. The latin name is said to be that used by the ancients for the plant. The golden yellow flowers, borne on long spikes, are a dominant feature of summer vacant fields and roadsides. It is also called flannel plant for its broad, downy leaves. In England it is called "candles", which the plants do indeed resemble (some varieties actually looking like elaborate candelabras).
In medieval times mullein flower stalks were dipped in tallow and used as ceremonial candles for various occasions, and were also said to ward off witches and evil spirits. The French-Canadian common name, Tabac du diable, translates to "devil's tobacco," and the dried leaves, smoked like tobacco, are said to relieve asthma and tubercular cough. The mulleins have a long history in folk and herbal medicine for the relief of various ailments, and mullein oil is still used successfully for children's ear infections. I always like to have a mullein plant growing somewhere in the garden, as the fuzzy leaves make an excellent poultice for cuts, bruises and minor infections.
|'68 CHEVY...MY FAVORITE OF THE SHOW...|
|73 BUICK HARDTOP, MIGHTY SHARP|
|A CLASSIC HOT ROD...|
|LARGE NATIVE AMERICAN CHESTNUT TREE IN BLOOM...|
|HUGE OLD CHESTNUT ON 7TH AND MANYPENNY...|
|...WITH TRUNK CAVITY...|
|...NOTE CHARACTERISTIC RIDGED BARK|
|YOUNG CHESTNUT ON CORNER OF TENTH AND MANYPENNY...|
|...STAMINATE FLOWERS (FEMALE FLOWERS ARE VERY MINUTE)|
|LOTS OF SMOKE TO KEEP THE MOSQUITOS AT BAY...|
|AND LOTS OF GOOD FOOD AND COMPANIONSHIP...|
|...AND DWARF CORNEL BERRIES TO BOOT!|
|THE JUNEBERRY TREE IN OUR GARDEN...|
|...IS ABSOLUTELY LOADED WITH FRUIT...|
|...BUT THE BERRIES DON'T ALL RIPEN AT THE SAME TIME...|
|...SO IT TAKES A LOT OF EFFORT TO PICK THEM IN QUANTITY|
|PRAIRIES GRASSES AND WILDFLOWERS AT ENTRANCE TO BROWNSTONE TRAIL|
|COREOPSIS, MILFOIL AND BUTTERFLY WEED|
|LITTLE BLUESTEM GRASS|
|YOUNG LINDEN (AKA BASSWOOD) ALONG MANYPENNY AVE....|
|...FLOWERS, THE SWEETEST SCENTED OF ALL TEMPERATE ZONE TREES...|
|THE WINGED APENDAGE OF THE FLORETS|
|...LEAF SIMPLE, HEART SHAPED, TOOTHED|
|BAYFIELD RASPBERRIES ARE RIPE!|
|STRAWBERREIS ARE STILL BEING PICKED AND ARE DELICIOUS|
|RED MULBERREIS ARE BEGINNING TO DEVEOP|
|YELLOW WATER LILY:MORE PROPERLY, SPATTERDOCK...|
|...IN A QUIET BACKWATER OF THE SIOUX RIVER|
|A QUIET POND...|
|...WITH WHITE WATER LILIES|
|THE PENDULUM CLOCK|
|AN EMERGING WASAUA, WISCONSIN GARDEN...|
|...WITH A COMPREHENSIVE MASTER PLAN|
|ENTRANCE KIOSK AND STORAGE SHED|
|MEMORIAL GARDEN AND PLAZA|
|FIRST ELEMENTS OF A MEDITATION GARDEN|