An Explosion Of Redbud

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My morning starts with the roll of thunder echoing through my mountains. Then the sound of rain beating on the roof. The Spring storm lulls me back to into a deep sleep until the songbirds come out and give the all clear. Once I was certain that things had dried up enough I stepped out of the door and into a world of beautiful colors. One of the most awaited sights of my Appalachian Mountains is the Redbud and today it’s in peak bloom.

The Redbud across from my front door is in full bloom. ( Image Titled “Redbud In Full Bloom 4720)

The mountain road that runs by my house is lined with Redbud which is a double blessing under lockdown conditions. I decided to get some sun and fresh air by taking my lens a little closer to beautiful trees.

Image Titled “Redbud 4720b”.

These early blooms are a God send for the hungry honeybees that have been living on their stores since November. The solitary bees are out in force as well and open flowers have even brought out the butterflies.

The first Zebra Swallowtail of 2020 has made an appearance.

A Zebra Swallowtail darts over the road but refused to be still long enough for a good photo.

Image Titled “Redbud 4720c”

Redbud blooms are edible and rich in Vitamin C as well protein. For more about Redbud as a forage plant please refer to Forage Friday #3

Image Titled “Redbud 4720d”

The trees are absolutely loaded with delicate pink flowers. The pea-like flowers burst directly from the branches and sometimes the trunk.

Image Titled “Redbud 4720d”

The flowers won’t last long. Soon after the leaves form the flowers will fall away and leave the forest floor covered in pink confetti. But by mid summer these trees will be sporting bean pods. (The young pods are edible. Please see the link above. )

For now my mountain is in the pink and I’m loving every minute of it.

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A Mountain Sanctuary

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One of the flowers that look forward to the most is the trout lily. I actually covered it as a forage plant about this time last year in Forage Friday #4. But today I just wanted to celebrate the simple beauty of the golden pedals and mauve anthers. The nodding flower looks almost as if it’s engaged in quiet meditation or prayers. Perhaps that’s one reason why the little spot just inside the trees feels like a sanctuary. It’s full of the prayers and meditations of nature. Alongside the trout lily the Jacob’s Ladder also seems to be in deep contemplation with its hood of purple pedals drawn over its face.

I was once told that when you talk to God that’s prayer but when you listen, that’s meditation. There’s no better place for either one than here on my mountain surrounded by my forest. When John Denver said “Almost Heaven” he was most certainly right.

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When The Flowers Form Constellations

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The light sweeps over forest floor and the shadows grow long while I crawl through the thick mat of last year’s leaves. All around me the pockets of moss grow thick and ever so slowly encroach on the open ground. The songbirds are calling and a little earlier I saw the first butterfly of 2020. The trees are definitely awake and some of the maples have put on new leaves that are beginning to unfurl and welcome the warm rays of the sun. The burgeoning Spring landscape is changing so fast now that one day is all it takes to miss some of the smaller changes. The little False Rue Anemone was nothing more than a cluster of tiny leaves one day and the next day they were fully open. The little white blooms are spread across the forest floor like the stars in the night sky. Somewhere in the depths of imagination constellations begin to form in the clusters of flowers complete with their own myths. The archetypes are the same. Lovers, hunters, creatures of legend and high adventure with a moral to the story. Soon these flowers will close and others will open up a new chapter in the myths but for now I have these little beauties in my sanctuary.

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False Rue Anemone In The Afternoon.

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The late afternoon is already blending into early evening as I reach my little sanctuary on little elk mountain. The procession of the Appalachian Wildflowers brings a new pleasure on a daily basis. My land is painted in a matrix of tiny little dots. Some are colorful and others are white. The one in tonight’s feature image caught my attention when I noticed the delicate shape of the tiny leaves being somewhat reminiscent of a mitten. I was thrilled just to see something green popping up through the duff but the little white flowers opened and revealed the world of glory inside. The bloom was capped by a golden crown. And the little flowers seem to fix their gaze on the sun as it began it’s descent into the West.

The flowers are called False Rue Anemone and it’s one that I’ve only just begun to look into so for now I am just thankful to enjoy it’s simple beauty.

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It’s All Connected & About To Wake Up.

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The warm morning air carries the scent of the moss and the rich humus mingled with the stones in the creek. Erupting through the moss and scattered leaves are the tiny flowers that showcase the Appalachian Spring. When you pull back the humus and examine the roots it’s obvious that the network of roots are more complex than the circuit board of any supercomputer. It’s all connected with a mat of fine filaments called mycelium. The entire forest is a living information system. I’ve always appreciated the beauty of the mountains and the forest but wasn’t until recently that I began to understand that the smaller plants that cover it all serve purposes beyond the need for pleasant human experience. After the ages since Adam was cast from the garden of Eden mankind is just now beginning to rediscover the secrets that he was most likely programmed with at his conception. Even the humble little flowers like the Dutchman’s Breeches in tonight’s feature image are constantly collecting and transmitting data through the network. Perhaps because they’re in full growth before the majority of the trees awaken they’re transmitting information about the soil conditions and weather to the trees. I have noticed that the maple family doesn’t open their buds until the Dutchman’s Breeches bloom. It’s the natural calendar in action. One that marks God’s seasons and they tell me that it’s time to remove the snow blade from my tractor and attach the mowing deck. I can put my heavy jackets away get ready for the grand awakening that’s soon to come.

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Forage Friday #51 Virginia Spring Beauty

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My mountains are filled with tiny little smiles in the form of spring wildflowers. Their numbers seem to double every day. As the Virginia Spring Beauty is one of my favorite Spring flowers I decided to study up on it a little more.

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Always seek a positive ID on the plant before consuming. Medicinal values of the plants are given in a historical context and I am not a doctor or formally trained herbalist.

One of the common names for Virginia Spring Beauty is “Fairy Spud”. The plant does have a corm that resembles a small potato. The corm was eaten both cooked and raw by native Americans and the colonists. In fact the whole plant is edible. The plant us rich in vitamins A and C.

It’s interesting that a lot of the early Spring forage plants are rich in vitamin C. I’ve always believed that God would place what we need the most in the most abundance at the times we need them. In Spring when illness is prevalent the common go to is vitamin C for many people. And while the experts are constantly changing their minds about how effective that is it’s also a common recommend thing to take your vitamins. When those vitamins and minerals are in the form of natural food it’s said that the body is better able to make use of them.

The Native Americans also made a pultice of Virginia Spring Beauty and placed it on the eyes to treat “Eye problems”. The internet research materials are pretty vague about what kind of eye problems. This could be anything from allergies to nearsightedness and there’s no real record of how well it worked. However, Medicinal science does recognize that Vitamin A is important for ocular health. In fact it plays a big role in how well people can see at night. And, according to Google vitamin A absorbs very well topically so the First Nations people just might have been onto something.

The very fine roots that spread out from the crom were also used by the medicine man. They were dried and ground into a powder to treat convulsions in children. Now, I can’t really overstate how dangerous it would be to substitute a modern medicine with Virginia Spring Beauty for the purpose of treating a serious medical condition. I only present that here for the trivia value and that purpose alone.

An unopened Virginia Spring Beauty in the leaf litter shows just how tiny the flow is.

The plant is edible but really small. For foraging purposes a person could conceivably devastate a local population and only have enough for one meal. But there’s an option for those who want to grow it either for food or just to wake up one Spring mornings to find their landscape covered in little pink striped pedals. The seed pod will be tiny and triangular. The seeds will mature in early Summer according to the Lady Bird Johnson website they should be sewn immediately. I have read on a different source that in order to germinate they need to endure 30-40 days of being frozen.

They will require partial shade and acidic soil. They prefer rich humus.

They’re a perennial flower so they’ll come back year after year and they have potential as a cash crop. Currently, this “common” Appalachian Wildflower’s seeds are listed as $200 per ounce on the top listing of the Google search. To put that in perspective, that’s the starting price for an ounce of medical marijuana. If course harvesting an ounce of Virginia Spring Beauty seeds could be pretty labor intensive unless you can figure out a way of automatically catching the seed when they’re ejected from the pod.

Irregardless of the food and medicine from Virginia Spring Beauty it is another welcoming sight for my morning walk in early Spring.

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One Appalachian Mountain Spring Morning.

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My songbirds are in full chorus as I make my way to my little forest sanctuary for a few minutes of tranquility. The late March air is cool and crisp but the soil is still charged with previous day’s sun.

I happen to look down and spot the little Virginia Spring Beauty standing proudly with pink striped pedals as if the Earth was saying “Look what I did!”

The guides say that this little plant with its peppermint candy colors and generally cheerful appearance a “common” wildflower. But just because something is plentiful shouldn’t imply that it’s common. The flowers will only last a short time during which they feed some 23 different species of native bees. They also have some food value for people but I’m going to go over that in tomorrow’s Forage Friday post. For now I’m content to simply enjoy their appearance and sit quietly in their presence among the budding trees and listen to Cardnials as they sing from the highest perches they can find. I’ve began to keep an eye out for the Fiddleheads that should soon unfurl and push back the leaves. I became fully immersed in nature to the point where was acutely aware of even the popping sounds of small insects jumping in the dry leaves. Then, the morning sun casts a beam across the moss covered log that serves as a boundary market and and sun dial. It’s nearly time for me to make my way back to the house and begin my day job. But not without taking a few more shots for tomorrow night’s post.

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