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A Springtime Walk in the Woods – Guess What I found!

Blood Wort

Blood Wort

Another spring day to explore.  As I walked down the steps leading to the East Fork River I found some brave little wild flowers poking through the cold soil. (Will it ever get warm?). The top photo is blood wort, which the Indian used medicinally and as a dye. If you break the stem, you’ll see a red color. I may have posted some of these same photos elsewhere here on the site, but it’s always nice to see them again.

 

 

Watercress

Watercress

Watercress is snuggling next to the rocks in our spring fed pool. Yum!

Mint Growing Next to Watercress

Mint Growing Next to Watercress

Hah – I found spearmint growing next to the watercress – it loves water too!

 

Chickweed

Chickweed

Chickweed, which our chickens  love (me, too!) is growing so well it’s starting to flower

Marsh Marigold

Marsh Marigold

One flower I DON”T like: marsh marigold is so invasive. Not edible either.

 

Spring Beauties

Spring Beauties

Some Spring Beauties have a pinkish hue as they grow. They have 5 petals. All parts are edible, and the roots are cooked like potatoes. They are called “fairy spuds” since they’re so tiny.

Toothwort

Toothwort

Toothwort, on the other hand, looks like Spring Beauties but has 4 petals. Toothwort stays white.

BlueBells

BlueBells

Blue Bells are up mighty early!

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