We had a cold front today. It was 26 degrees F this morning and remained cool this afternoon. I have been able to detect at least two of the 29 varieties of willow in the flats. I have this hankering to become something of a willow expert. I have always respected naturalists; they contribute much to our knowledge of the world.
The prickly red stem belongs to the rose hip plant which I talked about at length in three posts last fall (see Nitzi). We make jam out of rose hips and use them for battling colds. They are one of the highest plant sources of vitamin C on the planet. The downside of picking them is that they prickle back!
I’ll try to make a post about our cultural week tomorrow.