We had our “old lady picnic” yesterday by the river in Harmonie State Park. It started off to be a cloudy ugly day but turned out to be a beautiful afternoon. I grilled us some really big fat burgers … YUM. Trish built us a big fire (this is her job on every picnic) and then we roasted weenies! Jan brought her famous “brownies” (this is her job on every picnic) and V made two different kinds of wonderful cookies. V also always brings “French’s” mustard because we hate that nasty stuff that Jan brings ….. Plochman’s!! LOL
Here are a few photos that were taken …. we had a great time!
I don’t know who took this shot of me, Jan or Trish …. checking on the burgers!
It was so pretty over at Dolan’s last week.
The mayapple is also called the hogapple, Indian apple, umbrella plant (shape of the leaves), wild lemon (flavor of the fruit), wild mandrake, American mandrake (shape of rhizomes) or "devil’s apple"
The Virginia Bluebell is a fairly common plant that occurs in most counties of Illinois. Habitats include wet to moderately moist woodlands, especially in semi-shaded floodplain areas along rivers, bluffs, and flower gardens.
The preference is light shade to partial sun in moist wooded areas with rich soil. The foliage dies down by mid-summer.
The leaves are long, thin and bladelike to lanceolate, from 3-45 cm long. The flowers are white, pink or purple but most commonly bright blue, with three petals and six yellow anthers.
A number of the species flower in the morning and when the sun shines on the flowers in the afternoon they close up, but the flowers can remain open on cloudy days until evening.
Though sometimes accounted as a weed, spiderwort is cultivated for borders and also used in containers. Where it appears as a volunteer, it is often welcomed and allowed to stay.