I’ve taken you on a tour of the garden- the stuff we grow on purpose.
Now here’s what grows without any effort at all! (If only I could find a use for these things.)
Stinging nettles are covered in a thin, brittle “glass.” If you brush against them, it shatters and embeds in your skin- the more you rub, the more it throbs, itches, and yes: stings. I know these are edible- I cooked some up once when I was a girl, they tasted similar to spinach. Oddly enough, I can’t convince myself to go out gathering. (A few changes of water clears away the chemical glass.)
This nurse log is only a few years old- our area had a massive wind storm a few years back that took down hundreds of trees like this ancient cedar. The problem with our boggy forests is that the trees develop very shallow root systems- you can see how wide it was, but hardly any depth. When the tree came down, it took out part of the fence and the deck (we think.)
I saw moss, lichen, native blackberries, invasive (himalayan) blackberries, a small white flower, and ferns all growing out of this log in just a few year’s time since its fall. I expect to find red huckleberries in the next few years- there are a few bushes close to the house, and birds scatter the (um…digested) seeds far and wide. They normally grow out of old logs and stumps like these.
These next pictures are mushrooms. SOMETHING has been nibbling at them in the night. I wish I knew more about mushrooms, to know whether or not these could come to my table. They pop up in this spot about twice a year.
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