That’s a Spring Beauty from a couple weeks ago.
It’s Spring Ephemeral season. That brief stretch when the forest floors have light and some warmth & these lovely beings emerge, bloom, fade, and sinense as the leaves in the high canopy unfurl and gather light from the Sun.
A woods walk was in order.
Miraculous, and thankfully perennial.
Spring Beauty and Blue Cohosh.
(Blue Cohosh sticks around for longer, but emerges with the others)
In an earlier stage of life, Blue Cohosh shows up a gorgeous deep dusty plum color, shifting to green.
(I wish my vocabulary for the various greens was extensive & specific… I’ll need to work on that.)
Notice the three-lobed leaf from the previous season… Three lobes corresponding to the three lobes of the liver.
You can see this season’s leaves, fuzzy & unfolding in its time.
Such adorable blossoms. They are nearly exclusively pollinated by bumblebees.
Double (flying) Dutchman’s Breeches?… Anyone else play jacks as a child? My sister taught me how to play when I was 8 or 9 years old. Double Flying Dutchman was one of the most challenging levels.
Only a few were blooming the day I went for this walk in Late April. Many were in bloom the following week (on a phone-less walk).
I just love this plum-green stage in the Blue Cohosh plant…
This is not Oni, my cat of 10 1/2 years. (He’s all spirit kitty now.)
Please say hello to Nemo. Who could be Oni’s distant cousin.
Fortunately I was able to be with Nemo for a stretch of time in March.
(Black kitties is da best.)
So today is my tenth year since returning to Ithaca, after four years away, with my cat, Oni.
11 & 1/2 years is the longest I’ve lived anywhere as an adult (if you count the time before I left…)
It’s my fourth season with Nook & Cranny Farm.
Spring shares just began this past Sunday, May 1st.
It caught me by surprise. I’m in my own little seeding & transplanting world most of the time I’m there.
For me, the season began in February, seeding Alliums.
Shallots, Onions, Leeks, Scallions.
And greens, after being transplanted into high tunnels, were harvested just days ago.
Infant spinach that now waits for me to sauté with last season’s garlic. Tonight, after work.
Another image from February. We tried a new method to keep track of the many Allium trays.
I don’t have an image of the trays in their current green stage, but they’ve began to be transplanted last week. Tonight they’ll complete the rest of the trays.
This method was too complicated, and spray painting edges of the trays will likely be next season’s method.
I hope to blog a bit more this season & dye paper again. It’s been a while.
We’ll see how things unfold.
Till then, happy anniversary day & wishing you all a joyous, long slow spring.