A Day On Peter’s Creek With The Quiet Ones

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Days are special in my Appalachian Mountains. I have really become accustomed to the reletive isolation and tranquillity. I sat next to the country road and listed as a bluebird made his calls going from branch to branch. I could only catch a flicker of blue feathers through the canopy. However that wonderful song in the warm breeze is still carried in my heart. As I open my ears and draw the song into my soul I also find a few gold finches on the other side of creek. They too stay deep in the leaves. I take a deep breath and pull in the scent of rich earth on the edge of the forest. With my eyes closed I can feel the rays of the sun gently caress my face. The wings of a grasshopper buzz by my ear as he floats over my shoulder and towards the bright yellow flowers to my right.
Soft and delicate the flowers just seemed to be quietly waiting to be noticed. Who am I to deny them the adoration they deserve?

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Orange Lily A Pretty Face But Little Else

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The heat of the late June sun floods the ground and wakes the Summer blooms. They rise from the sides of the roads and creek banks hillsides. Subtlety at first. They’re almost unnoticed except for the vigilant eyes of the wanderer who craves the interesting things. Then in a concert of brilliant color the flowers reveal themselves to all who pass by.

While beautiful to look at and useful in controlling erosion the Orange Lily is considered to be an invasive species by some. Like many of the invasivespecies it comes from Asia. While most of the time I try to look on the bright side of non native species the Orange Lily has little to offer wildlife. The flowers are dry and produce no nectar or pollen for bees and butterflies. The deer don’t eat the vegetation. Humans can consume the flowers and tubers in small quantities but there’s a danger to your pets. If your pets eat this plant it’s recommend to give the activated charcoal immediately and call a vet.

But the desire for that mid summer color still remains. So here’s an idea.

Plant yellow coneflower instead. Orange trumpet vine is a beautiful native species (in the eastern U.S.) that attracts and feeds hummingbirds and butterflies. Scarlet Beebalm is a native reletive of mint that not only feeds bees, butterflies and hummingbirds but also gives you a tea that’s very much like a fine Earl Grey and will fill your landscape with that same aroma.

I do enjoy the visual of the Orange Lily when I see them but having learned that they don’t have as much to offer as the natives I think I’ll look for the other options.

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Silky Dogwood

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The late June sun burns hot in the sky as the big blue truck rolls to a stop on Muddelty Creek. The little highland delta has been a bountiful place to find photo ops. Last year I spotted a plant that I had a bit of a challenge to identify. The leaves were opposite of each other and occurring in matched pairs. They had parllel veins and were ovoid. The bark had little blocks all along the more mature parts of the tree and the twigs were reddish. Everything about the tree said Dogwood but the flowers. It was not only the wrong time of year for Dogwood but they were also the wrong size and shape. The tiny blooms were born in umbels and looked more like an Elderberry than a Dogwood.

Image Titled “Silky Dogwood 61620a” showing the immature bloom.

I have kept an eye on the the small bush growing in mud on the edge of the swamp. It was impossible to get a look at the leaf scar without sinking to my waist in the muck. So the key would be to watch the growth to see what it becomes.

I eventually resorted to the Google Lens app to point me in the right direction. I have guide books on top of guide books that I’m certain would have eventually yielded the correct answer but the app saves me hours of turning pages. As it turns out, this is a Dogwood after all. It is a Silky Dogwood. A tree that I was probably told about earlier in many forestry class but otherwise was unknown to me. What was more amazing was that it’s growing in such wet conditions and thriving.

Image Titled “Silky Dogwood 61620b” with the marsh in the background.

The tree actually goes by several common names. Red Willow ( though not a member of the willow family) and Squawbush are a couple of the more interesting. They also call the tree “Kinnikinnik” which as I understand it is an Algonquin word that means “Things that are mixed together”. In fact the natives called several plants by this name that were used for tobacco. Native Americans didn’t often smoke pure tobacco as people do today. It was more of an herbal mix that wasn’t really inhaled into the lungs as much as it was held in the mouth and let out while speaking. The story goes that the smoke carried your words to the gods and if you lied the gorget around your neck would choke you. Therefore the peace pipe was employed as a lie detector. I have no knowledge if Silky Dogwood was actually part of the mix but given that the name was given to the bush it’s a possibility.

Image Titled “Silky Dogwood 61620c” showing the new shoots growing around a mature bush.

I didn’t really see any mature Silky Dogwood that was straight but as you can see in the photo on the right the suckers tend to be very straight. I have a feeling that the natives may have used them to make arrows as was done with other Dogwood species.

Image Titled “Silky Dogwood 63020a”.

So excited by my new discovery I went to Wikipedia and began to read. I was surprised to find that unlike other Dogwood species the berries of silky Dogwood are blue and not red. The entry says that Silky Dogwood is often used as an ornamental shrub but that the downside is that the blue berries are so popular with the wildlife that they often destroy the plant to get to them. A preliminary search shows that the berries are maybe good for humans too so there may be a Forage Friday post concerning Silky Dogwood in the Fall.

For now I think I might add to my list of shrubs and trees for landscape on my property. If nothing else it’s a beautiful tree and will help attract more birds to enjoy at my window.

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Independence Day Thoughts 2020.

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Today was Interdependence Day in the United States. The day has been filled picnics and friends gathering. Traditions of celebration. I spent the day watching the military parade with my dad who is a former marine and Vietnam veteran. Dad isn’t really a fan of war as much as he is a connoisseur of the machines. With the sound off and his eyes fixed on the screen he gave his own account if each aircraft as they passed over. He knows all the stats and capabilities. A few he had actually flown in. With his voice cracking he recounted the day he witnessed two helicopters get too close during a training exercise and go down with 14 of his fellow marines on board. The next plane to fly over was one that a childhood friend of his had piloted and gotten in trouble for a low altitude flyover of their hometown.

That’s when the Eisenhower quote in tonight’s feature image came to mind. The pilot had taken a risk as an expression of his freedom. As I began to contemplate the words I thought of my own life experiences. I have never served in the armed forces but I have expressed my freedom with risks. Leaping into the lake from 60 foot high cliffs is an example that actually came up in a recent conversation. Strapping on a large knife and exploring the forest alone at the age of 11 years. There’s are bears and venomous snakes in the area. Any number of accidents could have happened. But without those risks I could not have become the person that I am today. I would have never developed my love of nature or learned to sit quietly and think about the deep questions. The only way that could have happened was being allowed to have the freedom to take the risks.

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Forage Friday #64 Hop Clover

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Please remember that Forage Friday is only intended to be a conversation starter and all of the information is presented as trivia and any trivia concerning herbalism should not be mistaken for an endorsement of treatment.

Hop Clover is one of the plants that I have not personally experimented with. That’s mostly because I have not really encountered it after becoming interested enough in foraging and herbalism to actually pursue it beyond reading books. And partly because I had mistaken it for Black Medic. Now Black Medic is listed as an edible plant but it’s mostly the roasted seeds that are used. There’s also some concerns that Black Medic might have some side effects that are detrimental to people with certain medical conditions as it is thought to cause blood clots.

Once I had learned that Hop Clover exists and so closely resembles Black Medic I really struggled to distinguish between the two using just a few photos and the internet.

The biggest reason why I settled on Hop Clover as a positive ID was the lack of bur like structure on the tips of the leaves and that the overall shape of the leaves is more oval where Black Medic leaves are blunted except for bur on the very tip.

Now that we’ve established the identity as Hop Clover what’s it good for? Well, the seeds are used to make flour in the same manner as Black Medic but Hop Clover goes beyond that in also being useful as a pot herb. Online resources say that the leaves are edible raw but the flavor of the cooked herb us more pleasant if it’s cooked. The bright yellow flowers are added to teas. I expect that being legumes they would be rich in protein. However it is said that they’re not as sweet as the more familiar clovers.

One last warning before I close this week’s Forage Friday post. There is a toxic look alike that is often mistaken for Black Medic and therefore Hop Clover. Wild Indigo. The main thing that separates Wild Indigo is that it as larger flowers. I have not encountered Wild Indigo at this time so I don’t have a photo to share.

My takeaway for tonight is that the devil is in the details. The visual difference between Hop Clover and Black Medic is very subtle. Both are listed as edibles but one is far more useful than the other and in the case of Black Medic may be dangerous if you’re medically concerned about blood clots.

Image Titled “Hop Clover 62020b”.

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