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Date:11/23/2014 3:00:50 AM
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Daisies and Hawk weed
Last Summer I had written about the arrival of the different types of wildflowers and weeds. This Summer will be no different. A Countryman can tell the rate of the progression of the year by simply noting what is flowering. Last year, like most years, the blackberries were flowering in late May. Today I noticed the first blackberry blossoms in the south-facing lawn of my cousin's land near La Ferme Sabloneuse. I suspect that we won't see these blossoms for almost another week here in my woods. This is almost three weeks later than normal. The columbines have bloomed. I have the blue ones in one of our flower gardens and the wild red ones are blooming along the same roadside where my cousin lives.

As I did last year, I've been mowing around the daisy plants. Only now are they starting to bloom. I don't do the same for the orange and yellow hawk weed, but I have to admit that I let them bloom around the edges of the flower beds.

As I mentioned before, (and will again, no doubt) the parade of blooms are the roadmarks of the seasons. I welcome each new blossoming and regret to see its passing. Perhaps as I age, I am learning to treasure each passing year. As I came to realize late last Summer, a Countryman is blessed to have come to the realization that as he is able to witness many passing years, each is a lifetime in and of itself. The early Summer is passing, long before the official equinox. I've seen the fireflies already this year. Our part of the world turns toward its high point of the growing season and we are swept along with it. --Gary
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