The Beagle and the Poison Ivy

It's Time to Make the Jewelweed Potions!

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In late July, early August, jewelweed plants (Impatiens capensis) have been setting buds and are beginning to blossom. Jewelweed is an annual plant that has to set out seeds if the species will continue to thrive in the coming year..  Jewelweed actually throws its seeds when they have ripened, popping out of their shell to the delight of children who are still fortunate enough to explore our less-tamed environs and discover that just a light touch will make the seeds fly out. I actually first met Jewelweed through a child - a niece of mine - who delighted in scrambling...

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Carter in the Spiderwort

Carter in the Spiderwort He isn't always in the Poison ivy!

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The Beagle and the Poison Ivy

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Poison Ivy.  Those are the first words I have for you in this new blog. When Carter, our ten-year old beagle, who has to be on a leash at the park, was compelled by an irresistible scent just beyond the line of trees, pulled me into the greenery - I had a close encounter of the poison ivy kind.  I have nothing personally against poison ivy.  It exists and serves a purpose in the greater scheme of the earth, I'm sure - but it is too friendly toward me and likes to stay around awhile once we meet up.  ...

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