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Fragments from Floyd

Got Legs Under Me At Last

While the cat’s away…but it wasn’t mice in the garden while we were out of town. It was beetles, weeds, and from the outside, deer browsing on the beans along the fence. Oh well. All that hard work to make pretty gone to seed.

Point is, there is an incredible amount of catching up to do. The good news is: I am prepared and able to do it. Three days ago, not at all.

I’ve never been so disabled by pain as I was Thursday night. After 4-5 dozen back muscle spasms (following a 14 hour drive home from MO) I was beginning to envision a future for myself very different from the one I’d imagined as more or less certain. I could not blink without having my cage rattled by waves of spasm.

Come Friday morning, oral steroids and another pain pill or two turned the corner. And today, I’m feeling pert. Heading out in a few minutes to gather more beans to top out the canner–our first 7  quarts coming out later today.

So while I have accumulated mounds of stuff that is blog-worthy (I’m less and less a good judge of that, it seems) I will let this blog-about-nothing do for now. Here I post an image of yet another botanical unknown–from a pond margin in southwestern Missouri.

Based on the flower-form (inflorescence) of a “scorpoid” or “helicoid cyme” I’m guessing it is in the Borage Family. Anybody have an ID, please offer it up.

4 thoughts on “Got Legs Under Me At Last”

  1. It is hard to tell from just a picture but, Fred, is this yellow dock? It looks a good bit like the dock we have growing near the creek here on the Bayou. If it is, it is good stuff to have around! Great herb for skin ailments!

  2. Nope not a dock. Different family for sure. I’ve not seen this one before, assume it is an endemic that re-emerged when Richard dug the spring out again a few years back. It apparently was not one he planted and recognized.

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