New Life Is On The Way

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The New Light washes over the land pushing away the gloom. With my big blue truck parked on the narrow berm I explore the ditch for little blessings that the rest of the world overlooked as they sped along.

I tread carefully trying to balance between avoiding the mud and avoiding the thorns. But, in spite of my best efforts the thorns latch onto my jacket. I cautiously moved my camera to the other hand and tugged my way the freedom. That’s when I noticed the New leaves. Beautiful green leaves. Perhaps the last green leaves of 2019. The Multiflora Rose wasn’t attacking me. It was trying to get my attention. Perhaps it was so proud of the new leaves it got for Christmas that it was showing everyone that close.

Now, a lot of people might think that the recent warm weather woke up the buds and encouraged them to open. But that’s not quite how this kind of thing works. It’s not so much the temperature of the ground and air as it is the wavelength of light. It’s actually common for some plants to be a little more sensitive to the subtle changes in the longer days after the winter solstice. Multiflora Rose is one of those plants and I’ve seen that some even occasionally hold their leaves all winter in my area. It’s also common for the cold snaps of late January through about the third week of February to put the plant back to sleep until March. But for now I have the promise of new growth in 2020. And I’ll take it as a good sign that new life is on the way.

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Forage Friday #26 Roses

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The grizzled old warrior looked out across the battlefield. The victory was theirs but it was hard won. At the onset of the fighting a hail of arrows fell in waves. His men’s armor was strong but there had been casualties. He felt a pinch in the side of his neck. The head of a broken arrow was caught in the chainmail. The mail had saved his life but the head of the arrow penetrated enough to cut him. A priest came to his side and removed the armor. Imeadiatly the priest produced an amber bottle of rose water to clense the wound. Without the vital liquid, the arrow would still be able to do it’s job many days from now.

One of the most common plants to be found in almost all climates is the rose. We tend to think of the rose as a symbol of love and the saver if absent minded husbands but there’s so much more. The short fiction above highlights one of the oldest uses for roses. A simple unsweetened tea made from rose pedals was once the preferred antiseptics. Rose water doesn’t just smell pretty. It’s rich in vitamin C which not only kills bacteria but also feeds the tissue as it heals. The sweet scent covers the smell of an open wound and therefore may help prevent insects from bothering it. But it gets better. There are more recipes that call for roses than I have room for in a single post.

One of the first herbal manuals that I ever purchased is Reader’s Digest “Herbs” ( ISB 0-89577-355-4) which suggests that the pedals can be used in salads, pies, syrups, flavored vinegar, sorbets and sweets. And the MacMillan Treasury Of Herbs ( ISBN 0-02-513470-1) has a recipe for rose pedal jam. It’s not surprising to me that there would be a lot of culinary uses for the flowers since in most cases the fruit is rather small and packed with seeds. However, the hips are also used in several of the teas.

The hips of Multiflora Rose are small but can be used to make a tea that’s rich in vitamin C.

Domestic Rose in all of it’s wonderful varieties is the most popular but it’s also a needy plant. One that I’ve struggled to keep alive and healthy. But Multiflora Rose is one that was brought in to be a “living fence” in the 1860s and quickly became invasive. It’s just as fragrant but the hips are small. Multiflora Rose is favored by a lot of songbirds and they seem to spread it well. Fortunately, it can be used in most of the same ways that the domestic roses can it just needs less encouragement to grow.

The simple white bloom of Multiflora Rose can be used in the same way domestic roses can.

While Multiflora Rose is considered to be a pest at least it’s a pest that has some virtue.

The best hips are said to come from the Dog Rose. Like Multiflora Rose, Dog Rose has a simple bloom but a much larger hip. I also understand that it’s a much lower maintenance rose than domestic roses.

If you’re curious about using roses the ISBN numbers are posted along with book titles that used as a reference to the article and I’m presuming that the internet has ton of Victorian treats to explore. In full confsession I have not gotten around to trying any more than just a nibble of Multiflora Rose Hips so it’s one of those plants that I’m waiting to try this fall. I’ll post a follow-up article to let you know how it turned out.

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Stonework And The Return Of Nature

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Many people have the opinion that the age of megaliths was when mankind truly began to conquer nature. We literally built a world made from the bones of the earth. As a child I found a book in my grandfather’s library that was all about ancient mysteries. All of articles in the book were about megalithic cities and artifacts like Stonehenge. I didn’t just wonder about how the stones were cut an moved but I dreamed about what it must have been like to live in those structures. I would imagine what the city sounded like with the music of ancient instruments echoing off of the stones. At a time when every meal was cooked over an open fire. In the days before the internet I would spend hours leafing through dusty old books and learning about stone cutting and leverage. I was convinced that I could build my own megalith o e day. But hey, I was ten years old and anything was possible and rocks were free so they fit into a ten year old’s budget.

Needless to say that as an adult I still have an affinity for stonework. I pass by the wall in tonight’s feature image every day and look at the large blocks of stone. I don’t really know the history of this retaining wall. It stands just a few feet off of the highway and in the winter when there’s no foliage I can read the lay of the land well enough to know that a structure of some kind once stood above the wall. Not far from this spot is the foundation of church that no longer stands and a forgotten graveyard that I have not had a chance to investigate.

But what has really caught my eye lately us the roses that cascade down the stone. They are mixed in with at least four other wild vines. My mind was taken back to my grandfather’s library and the pictures of ancient ruins in South America. Those pictures of vine covered temples and trees growing in the hallowed halls. The broken idols that once symbolized human mastery over nature are now the hunts of serpents and birds. Mankind’s victory over the forces of nature is temporary. The masterfully crafted stone blocks now tumble as the mountain rejects it’s constraints. Rain washes out the mortar and trees push away the stones until one day the wall topples like a child’s toy.

“Nature Returns 52619b” The trees are beginning to topple the old stone wall.

Perhaps if the world stands long enough a young boy will enter his grandfather’s library and whatever form the books will take will feature images of cut stone in Appalachia. Perhaps the boy will marvel at the ancestors skill in shaping the bones of the earth and read about our lives and wonder what must have been like to live in such a marvelous time when stone cutters and code writers worked side by side to tame the land.

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The Skipper & The Rose

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A sweet scent, a soft rain and fluttering wings greet me as the big blue truck rolls into the driveway. The rain had already slowed down to the odd droplet here and there as I stepped gently towards the flower. Almost on queue the little skipper butterfly walked up over the edge of the bloom and posed. With one flip of her wings she playfully rose into the air. Her aerobatic dance spoke of pure joy at the return of the sunshine. I was intrigued by her agility in the air. She lopped the loop and dove back down beneath the bloom and popped up where she started. I couldn’t help but chuckle while murdering “Show-off” under my breath. But who could blame her for being proud of her skills? As she fluttered her wings to groom the rose into producing more nectar I decided that it was time to unload the truck and leave her to her meal. My mountain is full of life and life is joy incarnate.

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The First Date Lasts Forever

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The old man walked out of his house and shuffled off into his garden. With trembling hands he began to sort through the prickly shoots and branches if the rose bush he planted sixty years ago. As he worked he subconsciously began to hum that familiar song that was on his car radio all those years ago when he picked her up for their first date. He could still see her long hair pulled back into a ponytail and smell the perfume that she wore on that night. As he explored the bush for just the right bloom he found himself dancing to the tune of the their first slow dance while his little dog cocked his head trying to understand what was going on. One by one he snipped and gently placed the cuttings in his basket and carried them to his shed. The best roses were destined to be placed in the turned and hand rubbed wooden vase that he completed a few weeks before. He recounted their first date to the dog as he worked. He described her smile and way she giggled when made that joke. The little dog laid on the rug and kept his eyes fixed on his master as if transfixed by the story. The old man continued to work diligently clearing space in the shed and making last minute adjustments to the small room. Finally he took the remaining rose pedals and scattered them on the freshly cleaned floor. “Okay boy. Bring her.” He commanded to his dog. The little wasted no time running into the house and tugging at the him of her pants excitedly like he always did when he wanted her to follow. Her eyes widened and she smiled that same smile that she did the first time he pulled up into her father’s driveway for the high school Valentine’s Day dance all those years ago. He reached over and pushed play on his phone and started their song as he asked her to dance. She leaned into his chest and held her close as they gently swayed into the night.

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Appreciation for my angel on Valentine’s Day

Life was made for two.

Without you I would only have half of a life.

Without you the Sun wouldn’t be bright and the moon would hide her smile.

Thank you for being my angel

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