By Donald Stokes, Lillian
Notice the fantastic attractiveness and variety of nature in iciness. jam-packed with attention-grabbing information regarding vegetation, animals, and normal phenomena that may be saw through the Northeast and North significant areas of North the US in wintry weather, the Stokes consultant to Nature in iciness will lead you to-and assist you savour and understand-the traditional wonders of the season. the themes lined comprise: iciness weeds and wildflowers Winter's birds and deserted nests facts of bugs Animal tracks and symptoms Evergreen crops
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Each of the four sections is lined with two rows of loose seeds; they look like coffee grounds, being brown and irregularly shaped. Occasionally insect larvae will spend the winter in these cases. ( Obviously any structure the plant produces to contain its seeds will make a fine winter home for insects. ) The name Evening Primrose comes from the plant's curious summer habits. The yellow fowers open usually at night and may be pollinated by a night-fying Sphinx moth. The moth hovers like a hummingbird in front of the flower, unrolling its long tube-mouth to suck the nectar.
Since it will favor the animals' meat or milk, farmers try to avoid this situation, for although there may be some demand for garlic beef, there is no market for garlic milk. Goldenrod (Solidago species ) On the winter stalks of Goldenrod look for round or elliptical swellings about halfway up the stem. " Insects form them in summer by laying eggs inside young stems. With the eggs there is a chemical which causes the plant to form a tumorous growth around the eggs. When the eggs hatch, larvae use this growth for food and, after maturirg, often winter over in the space they have hollowed out.
Each plant opens only a few fowers at any time. Evening Primrose in its first year is a tight rosette of lanceshaped leaves. The roots of this rosette are a ftne vegetable and, in fact, for best eating should be collected in winter. Just look for the new leaves near the base of a winter stalk Winter Weeds / 27 Eoening Primrose winter rosette and dig up the attached root. Boil the roots twice if they taste too peppery; then salt and butter them. Starting with the second spring, the root becomes woody and the plant produces the large stalk that lasts through the winter.
A Guide to Nature in Winter by Donald Stokes, Lillian