Tuesday, March 04, 2008
The Buckeye Stops Here
The red buckeyes are blooming and fruiting in the woods now.
I found these guys Sunday while stalking rocks. It looks like a staggered bloom event as some buckeyes have new fruits, some blossoms or buds, while many have no sign yet of a flower spike.
I left these fruits as they were pretty new and probably not developed enough to have viable seeds.
The blossoms are eyecatching if a bit rough ... many were chewed on by some nibbler. These are growing in a swampy area with lots of dappled light so getting a decent photo was a bit frustrating ... this one will have to do for now, but I'll see if I can do better when I return.
I only had a plastic hand shovel with me, so my collecting was limited to smaller herbaceous type plants.
(Remember, I have the landowner's permission to collect a few natives and the 30 acre tract is literally carpeted with what I'm seeking)
A few Ferns, Florida Violets, and Blue-Eyed Grass went home with me on this trip. I divided and potted them while frying chicken wings out by the barn Sunday afternoon. Later, I'll get them in the ground here at PFHQ, although my current batch of Blue-Eyed Grass and some of the violets are going to Mom.
The wings by the way were delicious, but .... YOWZA ... the price of peanut oil has shot up a bit.
The gallon of peanut oil ($13 ) cost more than the 5 pound bag of chicken wings!
... probably due to all those wacky hippies driving VW biodiesel vans.