Farm Life: Memorial Day Small Walk

Returning from our walk with the dogs, the Mrs. noticed a flower in bloom just above our lane.  It was in the forest about 20 feet from the road. It was only about a foot high and quite happy in the shade (we have had fog-rain all weekend, so there was not much sun to test its growing location).  It looked like a milkweed flower, but was too small for the six-foot high common milkweed that we nurture in any open, sunny spot.  It also had four-leaves around the stem, rather than common milkweed’s two opposite leaves.

 

I brough the camera back to document it for research sake (and inclusion in the annual photo album).   Yes, it is a four-leaf milkweed, native to this region.  On the walk back up our lane, I stopped for a few other recent observations: stargrass, rattlesnake weed, jack-in-the-pulpit, and then there was that small back snake in the woodpile, annoyed that I was moving wood into the shed for next winter.  I assured it that it could move into the garden to work on crickets and rodents.

 

 

 

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Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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10 Responses to Farm Life: Memorial Day Small Walk

  1. Laurie Graves says:

    Lovely flowers! That snake doesn’t look very small to me 😉

    • hermitsdoor says:

      The snake was probably not thicker than my small finger. The grow about 5 feet long and the diameter of a garden hose (I wondered, once, why the garden hose was moving over my foot…).

      • Laurie Graves says:

        I’ve heard of those snakes. Oh, my word! None in Maine. At least not yet. May those snakes never come north!

      • hermitsdoor says:

        Actually, black snakes are good to have around. Not only do they keep the rodent populations in check, timber rattle snakes will stay away from their territory. Black snakes are fast enough to kill rattle snakes. Choose your friends wisely. (Actually, rattle snakes are okay, just not in the garden.)

  2. Absolutely beautiful. Hope you were wearing heavy gloves 🙂

    • hermitsdoor says:

      The flowers don’t bite… This afternoon Linda chased another black snake from the strawberry patch into the stone wall. It popped out the other side to great me.

  3. Oh, what a sweet little treasure-hunt, in the woods at this time in Spring. I noticed the Jack in the pulpit too. We have four chocolate-coloured ones and are are pretty tall and sturdy this year.
    You can keep the snake, though.

  4. Lavinia Ross says:

    I remember black snakes from back east, and do love snakes. I have seen gopher snakes here on the farm.

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