Monday, August 31, 2015
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Years back, Pine Point Park officials planted a grove of fruit trees in the prairie section of the park—which is across the street from Bon Bon Acres—in an effort to provide sustenance to the wildlife over the winter. Each year since, unscrupulous people think they have the right to steal this fruit from the animals. Yesterday, an elderly couple showed up in a shiny new pickup truck, parked illegally and proceeded to place tarps down on the ground after which they violently shook the trees and raped them of their entire harvest.
Thank goodness there are many fruit trees here at Bon Bon Acres. I take nothing from my orchard and leave everything for the wildlife so hopefully that will help offset the damage that has been done.
Selfish people need to know that it is against the law to take or bring anything into a park. Trees and bushes that are planted here have been done so for the express purpose of helping the animals and not for your personal use. If you want to make jelly, go to a farmers’ market!
Below: The bountiful, and beautiful, park orchard BEFORE it was raped and pillaged by despicable humans.
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Thursday, August 27, 2015
Monday, August 24, 2015
Monday, August 17, 2015
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Friday, August 14, 2015
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
One of the most interesting wildflowers growing in the Bon Bon Acres pasture is the Verbascum thapsus (great mullein or common mullein). Categorized as a “hairy biennial plant” it can reach heights up to six feet!
Its small yellow flowers are densely grouped on a tall stem, which grows from a large rosette of leaves. It grows in a wide variety of habitats, but prefers well-lit disturbed soils, where it can appear soon after the ground receives light, from long-lived seeds that persist in the soil seed bank. It is a common weedy plant that spreads by prolifically producing seeds.
It is widely used for herbal remedies, with well-established emollient and astringent properties. Mullein remedies are especially recommended for coughs and related problems, but also used in topical applications against a variety of skin problems.
Not only is this plant pretty but it’s a favorite with honeybees. Look closely at the photo and you will see one!
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Monday, August 10, 2015
Saturday, August 8, 2015
This is an update to last autumn’s pasture planting project. I’m proud to report that thanks to a wet summer, the black walnut saplings are doing great. The first season is traditionally a struggle as the young sprouts fight for survival among the bromegrass and multitude of weeds that are firmly established in the pasture. Once the baby hardwoods, however, reach the critical stage where they surpass the other vegetation, they should be home free. Fingers and toes crossed for a moisture-filled second half of the summer.
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