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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Day at West Point Lake

This is the section where we camped in the Aliner on a previous trip here.  It's steep and difficult to back into -- but beautiful!

This is the section where we camped in the Aliner on a previous trip here. It’s steep and difficult to back into — but nicely private.

We had expected thunderstorms today.  But a cloudy morning turned into a beautiful, warm, partly sunny afternoon.  What a wonderful last day of camping before going home.

Baby leaves

Baby leaves

Keeping Sheba penned and Sunny leashed seems to work best at keeping both dogs happy.  And happy dogs make us happy campers!  🙂

Rather than a wordy post tonight, I’ll just post some of the photos I took today.  Hope you enjoy them.

Beargrass (yucca) flower stalks emerging

Beargrass (yucca) flower stalks emerging

Carpet of flowers at one of the campsites

Carpet of flowers at one of the campsites

Entrance to upper loop

Entrance to upper loop

Flowers in a flower.  I'm guessing the large outer petals are actually sepals.

Flowers in a flower. I’m guessing the large outer petals are actually sepals.

The goose family I also photographed yesterday

The goose family I also photographed yesterday

I was eating ripe blackberries in Florida last week.  Here they are still immature.

I was eating ripe blackberries in Florida last week. Here they are still immature.

Little flower gems

Little flower gems

I think this is Chinese privet

I think this is Chinese privet

I don't know what these are, but they are beautiful.

I don’t know what these are, but they are beautiful.

A good book... one of camping's greatest pleasures.

A good book… one of camping’s greatest pleasures.

Thistle flowers.

Thistle flowers. Beautiful!

The Casita that was here yesterday left this morning, so we didn't get to meet the owners.

The Casita that was here yesterday left this morning, so we didn’t get to meet the owners.

Yellow clover

Yellow clover

Day's end

Day’s end. Not a stunning sunset, but nice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Wild Edibles on Our Property

yellow clover

Yellow clover has killed livestock when molded leaves were mixed with their hay. It produces coumarins when wilted or molding. So I avoid it, although technically it is edible.

young poke weed plant

Young pokeweed plant. Shoots must be cooked in three changes of boiling water before eating. Highly nutritious.

wild lettuce bolting

Wild lettuce bolting. Only the tiny leaves in the center of the top are good at this stage.

baby crabapples

Young, green crabapples

japanese honeysuckle

Japanese honeysuckle. Heavenly smelling noxious weed. Can make tea from blossoms.

wild strawberries

Another wild strawberries photo. They are so photogenic!

These photos were taken Friday, Saturday and today.

They are not intended to be a tutorial — just to share with others who love finding wild edible plants as much as I do.

greenbrier shoot

Tender, juicy greenbrier shoot

bullbriar shoot

Tender, sweet bullbriar shoot

bull briar leaves

Tender, mild baby bullbriar leaves

lowbush blueberries

Young lowbush blueberries...goodness to come!

baby sassafras tree

Baby sassafras tree

white clover

I no longer harvest white clover due to its potential for developing coumarins when wilted or beginning to spoil.

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