In this my green world
Flowers birds are hands
They hold me
I am loved all day
~ Kenneth Patchen
Refreshing rains and sunny skies have transformed the outdoors into a green wonderland. Though you may have seen each type of plant and creature many times before, everything looks brand new and is a joy to behold. Ferns and small woodland plants cover the forest floor. Each one is so delicate that you hate to crush them beneath your feet as you walk through the woods…
These bright white flowers will transform into perky red bunchberries later this summer.
This year’s new light green growth adorns the evergreen trees. Eaten by deer, hares and squirrels, they are full of vitamin C. Hemlock, balsam fir and spruce needles are all edible and suitable for teas. Simply steep a few tips in a cup of hot water.
Snowshoe hares dine on the dandelions growing in the lawn. They eat the green leaves, stems, flowers and puffballs. I wonder if they taste as bitter to them as they do to us. Hopefully there will be baby bunnies in the rosebushes again this year.