Saturday, April 12, 2014
The Golden Grove Man Acquires a Sock, and Other Wonders of the New River Trail
P and I walked the New River Trail (so-named many years ago when it was first cleared to distinguish it from the original river trail) all the way to its ens, then looped around the farm fields and back through the college vegetable and herb gardens to the golden grove and back home. Gorgeous late afternoon sunset, birds calling, sweet smelling breeze every now and then.
When we got home I drew the yellow celendine that's blooming in our front garden. The yellow color on the drawing is sap from the plant. I first learned what this plant was at the medieval garden at the Cloisters in Manhattan. Yellow celendine sap was used as a golden paint in Medieval manuscripts when the budget wasn't big enough to afford gold leaf! I searched and searched for it when I got back home. I could never find it in the woods or fields. Then one day I realized it was growing in one of our gardens. I had bought it as Celendine Poppy, but it's the same plant!