I think it is time to admit I am a poacher. I like to take flower and fern samples home. I have a special 3' X 3' eastern exposure on the side yard. It is getting to be that time of year when the leatherwood ferns, Mayapple and cohosh I have collected over the years start to bulge out of the earth. They each remind me of a special place I have visited.
Very dear to me are the Jack in the Pulpit from the Lamprey River. The bulbs were taken from the crop of a special river bottom tom. I planted them and they grew.
I remember a few years ago a tom whipped my butt. The clump of false solomon seal remind me of that hunt every time I drive by with the lawnmower.
A blooming dogwood sends signals to my brain that scream spring turkey. I bought a couple from the nursery a few years back, , and planted them in the backyard. They have been asking for a red bud.
One of the most gratifying things I forgot to mention. I snap off the plant and only keep the root. You put them in the soil and they stay dormant for a year. But the next spring when you see the bright early flowers of the bloodroot your mind begins planning the landscaping again.
Anybody else "landscape for memories" :?:
Edited by Coalman, 05 March 2008 - 11:45 AM.