|Suncrisp apple. A Rutger's University release. Very late ripening. Keeps well. Some tendency to the seed cavity not fully sealing and moldy seeds.
|Suncrisp is one of my later blooming apple cultivars. It is a seedling of Golden Delicious and Cox Orange Pippin. Neither of these cultivars is very hardy so this is also likely to be marginally hardy in the mid-West.
|Nova Spy. This is about where my Liberty trees are. Flowers lose their petals after pollination so that is a good sign.
|Lilac. I assume this is Chas Joly. It was given to me by a local gunsmith named Don Snap.
|Yellow Rocket, aka wild mustard, aka Barbarea vulgaris
Coming back around the pasture about twenty minutes later I heard growling and barking. I hollered at the big dogs, "Smuggles needs help." Like a shot, they were on the way. I hustled over to the garage to get an ax to bust through the roof and retrieve my little dog.
I did not need to bother. Between the three of them they had the raccoon out in the open and had pretty much finished the job.
|Smuggles did not want to share
Dogs part two
Herc likes digging. He will find a woodchuck den and start trying to dig them out. When he encounters a root he bites and tears it out.
It caught up with him today. He got a stick caught in the roof of his mouth.
|This looks like a segment of grape vine. It is 0.54" in diameter (about 13.5mm). As you can see, the ends are jagged.
Herc was not a happy camper when I put him on his back and used a pair of vice grips to remove the stick.
|Three strips were mowed with a hand mower. The strips are 40" wide. I sprayed herbicide on the strips and will plant Switchgrass seeds and move the Maximilian Sunflower seedlings. I needed to get this done today because we have more rain coming.
|You can see how the strip on the left follows the "military crest" of the hill. I paralleled and existing deer trail for the first strip. Those deer are pretty smart. Salamander wants the deer to be biased toward the right as they travel this parcel.
|Looking back the other way.
|A Praying Mantis egg sack?
|A mullein plant looking all fat and sassy. Mullein is a popular plant in herbal medicine. Some folks call this plant "Wild Tobacco"