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Not in the garden : )

Thursday, 05 Apr 12 Cloudy 16°C / 61°F

sometimes I just need to get out into nature ……get away from the demands of my busy life and just enjoy some me time with my camera …..I find that rainy days are the best …..no one bothers my solitude on a rainy day ….I love the sound of the rain dripping from the tree branches to the carpet of last autumns crumpled leaves …..I can walk along the creek that cuts through our property and listen to it gurgle as it rolls over the stones ……as it comes out of the woodlands and meanders across the neighbors field the skunk cabbage comes into view ……I LOVE these prehistoric looking plants …..they are especially neat in the spring of a usual north eastern winter as they generate enough heat to melt the surrounding ice and snow that would normally still be on the ground at the time they would customarily emerge …..contrary to popular believe they really only smell when disturbed or when the spathe is showing …..this is #1 to attract the only pollinators usually out in the early spring ( flies ) and # 2 as a defense mechanism ……today….. even though their were a few spathes left they didn’t smell at all : ) Oh and down near the road someone disposed of a tire …..for the purposes of art I left it for the photo giving it an Urban decay / planter look but I did remove it after the photo and retired it to our junk pile

Comments

  • Gardenerd

    Gardenerd wrote:

    My interest is piqued! This is the first I’ve heard of skunk cabbage :)
    Did you create the photo for this journal? It’s beautiful!

    Posted on 05 Apr 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • rosemarieGardener

    rosemarieGardener wrote:

    Leave it to a skunk cabbage to make beauty of a discarded tire. I love this plant for it’s early arrival in Spring. The things we appreciate here in Maine :sigh: . Well, I do any way. Thank you for sharing.

    Posted on 05 Apr 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • rainymountain

    rainymountain wrote:

    Skunk Cabbage are so exotic-looking, large, yellow flowers growing out of swampy ground, one of the glories of Spring.

    Posted on 06 Apr 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • cuylarmntherbs

    cuylarmntherbs wrote:

    Thank you !!! @Gardennerd ….Skunk cabbage is an interesting plant we have here in most wetlands of the northeast ….one of the earliest plants to herald springs imminent arrival …….Yes I made the photo using a scrapbooking program I have for the computer ……I used a collage format that I could just import the photos into @rosemarie I couldn’t agree more ….i think it is the promise of spring that makes it so welcome : ) I am so glad you share my appriciation of it

    Posted on 06 Apr 12 (over 2 years ago)

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