North Georgia Chanterelles
Click here for Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s vegan white wine garlic chanterelle recipe (which I’ll try after verifying they’re actually chanterelles).
Mama Wolves in the Strawberries
“Too late and too hot to plant strawberries,” says the man at the nursery. Back home though, last year’s plants are making a comeback, despite an invading army of weeds.
While using a small trowel to dig up the roots, a wolf spider appears with a perfectly round, marble-sized egg sac.
Shielding the sac from whatever a lanky biped might do, she gently climbs on top, waiting for the novice gardener’s next move.
The human steps out of sight (not easy with eight eyes watching), so mama crawls over the sphere and attaches it to her spinneret. Next, she drags it to the side of the bed, then begins digging face-first into the soil.
Unbeknownst to the submerged, the human returns with small reeds, marking the area like an endangered piping plover or loggerhead nest on the beach.
Another wolf spider (family?) stealthily emerges from the underground towing respective luggage,
then skitters across the topsoil looking for an undisclosed locale,
and finally gets to digging.
With her precious orb safely buried, she emerges to find four curious sticks poking out of the dirt.
Okra Leaf Squatter
Sprouted from fallen kernels, two young sunflowers occupy the southwest corner of the vegetable bed among okra and Thai red pepper comrades. Welcome.
The first tomatoes appear mid-June amidst hopes of an extended growing season (likely, if this winter’s as mild as last).
Southern Magnolia, Magnolia grandiflora
Corn Plant, Dracaena fragrans
Corn plants begin to flower around age five. This seven year old flowered for the first time two years ago in December, and now stands at eight feet. The overwhelming fragrance is strongest at night (had to open a window). Continue reading