Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Burdock and Blackberry
Some of you may be wondering (no?) whatever happened to those burdock plants I grew from seed last year.
Well, here's an update. Some of them, as you can see above, have sent up stalks and bloomed, with their little velcro golf-ball seed pods.
The blooming plants are three or four feet tall.
Some of them held off blooming and instead formed a bigger leaf base. I assume these will bloom next year. Interesting that they've waited.
Why burdock? Well, I just like the plants. I see them when I'm out walking pretty much anywhere in the countryside, and I always thought those giant leaves were quite impressive. Apparently they're good for some insects. I'm glad to have grown them -- an interesting experiment. Hopefully they'll re-seed so we'll see more in future years.
Yesterday was also blackberry bonanza! I picked everything I could reach on our blackberry vines. (There are still plenty more berries up top, out of my reach, for the wildlife.) I don't think we've ever had such a productive year. Dave immediately made...
...a blackberry cobbler, and we still have plenty left over for cereal.
I finished "The Overstory" by Richard Powers yesterday, which I loved. It's a novel about environmental activists in the '90s who are trying to prevent the logging of old-growth forests, like the tree-sitters and Earth First! activists who were in the news in those days. More broadly, it's about humankind's relationship with trees. It's a great book.
Did you hear about Donald Trump's assertion that he was scheduled to throw the first pitch for the New York Yankees at a game in August? It took both the White House and the Yankees by surprise, as he wasn't scheduled to do so at all. Apparently he simply couldn't stand the idea of Dr. Anthony Fauci throwing the first pitch at a game that day, so he decided to steal some of Fauci's limelight. The man is such a child -- and a dangerous child, to boot.