Even though I grew up here, I can’t honestly say that I’ve explored my town much. For some reason, however, getting married and becoming a first time Homeowner has given me an interesting drive to explore the area around me.
The discoveries I’ve made over the last few weeks have actually been quite exciting- especially in the realm of plants.
In my own yard I’ve found Golden Tickseed (Coreopsis Tinctoria), Foxtail (Alopecurus), and Crow Poison (Nothoscordum Bivalve). I also managed to find healthy populations of Carolina Larkspur (Delphinium Carolinianum), Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia Ohiensis), and Yellow Clover (Melilotus Officinalis) in a field not that far away.
It makes the plant nerd in me positively sing to find such pretty- and native– plants all around me. I do wish, though, that I had a field guide to take with me while I walk. Unfortunately I don’t so I’ll have to be content with taking samples and photographs to identify them later.
Cute and Cuddly discoveries have not been lacking, either. With all of the rain we’ve gotten this summer I’ve also discovered whole colonies of common snails- along with some of the prettiest Toads I’ve honestly seen in a while… Some of which were positively huge!
Of course, with all of the exploring that I’m doing lately, I’m rarely getting back by sundown. I can’t complain, though, because its provided me with ample opportunity to see some truly breathtaking sunsets; at this point I’m thoroughly convinced that the evening view from my house will never disappoint me.