Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Good Fences Make Good Flowers
The wheat field that caught my eye last week was protected by a wire fence. The fence was a mix of wood and wire, some new, some old, but still struggling to guard the wheat from interlopers like me. Flanking the fence line was a wheat free trail about as wide as an ATV. This perimeter trail had been mowed once long ago and was now supporting a host of wildflowers.
Phlox of deep pink and every shade of "in between pink" clustered along the fence with the occasional white blossom adding contrast.
This looks like Porter Weed to me, although a subtler shade of blue than the the "improved" varieties found at Home Depot. If it's not, I'm open to suggestions ...
Any fence line that has stood for awhile will usually support a variety of berry producing trees and shrubs, thanks to the pooping perchers who use the fence as rest stop.
Typically, it's black cherry, cedar, blackberry, farkleberry, around here.
This fence was loaded with one of my favorites, "Toothache Tree" ... aka, "Hercules Club".
(The bark has an anesthetic affect when applied to the gums ... it's a tingly numbing feeling, but I'm not sure I'd rely on it during oral surgery)
This is a wickedly gnarly tree that just dares you to come any closer.