The Dogwood and Other Pretties



I can see this dogwood from the sunroom,


the kitchen,


and my sewing room. It reminds me of the pink dogwood we had in front of the house I grew up in.



DSCN3047 Trillium erectum f. albiflorum

DSCN3053 Trillium erectum (bethroot, wake robin, birthroot) The name Trillium comes from the Latin trilix, “triple,” because all parts of these plants are tripartite. See reference below.

I got some books out of the library to help me identify some of these plants. The Herb Society of America’s Encyclopedia of Herbs & Their Uses helped me identify the trilliums. Of the 30 species of rhizomatous perennials in this genus, they pictured the two I have in my front and back yard. I wonder if they are the most common. I’ve also asked a couple of friends who are certified in permaculture design to walk around the property with us and identify what we have and talk about future plans. Hopefully, we’ll do that within the next few weeks.


Soon after we moved here – it’s been a year! – our daughter found morels on our property. My son picked these today. Our daughter told him to leave the base behind so now we know to do that in the future. He sautéed them in lard and they were very tasty.


My African Violet is finally blooming.

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