Cleaning the Awning — and Wildflowers

Wild Carrots (Queen Anne's Lace) with one flower head birdsnesting (folding up to ripen the seeds)

Wild Carrots (Queen Anne’s Lace) with one flower head birdsnesting (folding up to ripen the seeds)

Underneath a wild carrot flower

Underneath a wild carrot flower

Today Ron and I scrubbed the mildew (all we could get) off the Casita’s awning.  I applied mildew remover, rolled up the awning and let it set for a while, opened the awning, sprayed some more, scrubbed, then hosed it off.  And then did it again.  There are some stains I couldn’t remove entirely.  Maybe I’ll buy the kind of mildew cleaner that foams the next time and see if it will get it all.

I got sidetracked from packing for the trip when I caught a glimpse of wild carrots by the road.  And then I took off on rabbit trails chasing more photos.  I’ll get back to the packing this evening. 🙂

Closeup of the birdsnest.  It will eventually be bullet shaped.

Closeup of the birdsnest. It will eventually be bullet shaped.

Another shot

Another shot

Baby bracken leaves

Baby bracken leaves

Baby white oak leaves (I think)

Baby white oak leaves (I think)

This is the first time I have seen this type of gall on dandelion leaves.  I think it's caused by a midge or a mite.

This is the first time I have seen this type of gall on dandelion leaves. I think it’s caused by a midge or a mite.

I adore dandelion flowers!

I adore dandelion flowers!

Aren't they gorgeous?  :)

Aren’t they gorgeous? 🙂

Greenbrier shoot

Greenbrier shoot

We've had lots of rain lately.

We’ve had lots of rain lately.

New rose leaves

New rose leaves

New rosebud

New rosebud

Oxeye daisies

Oxeye daisies

This tiny little pipsissewa plant only had one flower

This tiny little pipsissewa plant only had one flower

I'm sad to see these poisonous mushrooms sprouting up around the yard

I’m sad to see these poisonous mushrooms sprouting up around the yard

Yellow clover

Yellow clover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nature’s Splendor at Home

Yellow rose

I have been pretty down lately trying to figure out how to get a new camper this year, and finally coming to terms with the fact that I will have to rebuild the old one.  But getting outside and seeing what is going on as nature shows off her spring productions really helps lift my spirits.

Not only are flowers blooming and fruit trees putting on fruit, but the wild edibles are popping up everywhere, too.

Baby Japanese plums

I took 125 photos yesterday, but will post the ones that symbolize the season best.

Pine

Young poke salad plant

Rosebud

This is where Metamucil comes from (psyllium husks)

Wild strawberry flowers

Our neighbor raises honey bees. I wonder if this will give an oniony flavor to his honey! 🙂

This greenbrier shoot was so tender and juicy that I broke it off 8 inches down the stem. The whole thing was tender and sweet. A real treat!

Blackberry flower beginning to unfold

Blackberry flower

Indian strawberry flower and caterpillar

Flowers fading and fruit forming. Not sure if these are crabapples or hawthornes.

Baby black cherries

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