There is a sense of change around the lake, which isn’t surprising when we’re only one day away from October. It’s cooler, summer’s green is tempered a bit, and the parking lot is full of people who suddenly have the urge to walk at Radnor now that the temperature has dropped from the nineties to the seventies. How do you spell wuses?
Monthly Archives: September 2011
Judging by all the green surrounding it, the Sassafras tree is way ahead of itself in the fall department.
Plant Expert Deer says we should spare the rod, that the beautiful giant or late goldenrod, Solidago gigantea, is not responsible for our autumn sneezing. It isn’t really late blooming, either. In fact, it it one of the earliest goldenrods to bloom. What can we believe?
Poke, Pokeweed, Poke Sallet, or Indian Greens, Phytolacca americana, is pretty enough to plant in a garden on purpose. You can use the young shoots with their leafy tops in your “sallet”, but you better know when young becomes old, because the berries, seeds, roots and mature stems and leaves are very poisonous.
When the sun shines through in just the right direction, the magical spider web takes center stage. I’ve read that the spider builds a new web every day, after consuming the old one! I’m sure her children are taught to pick up their toys, too. Or else!
Four days of rain after weeks of a dry summer brought down so many dried leaves that it’s beginning to look like fall at Radnor.