Finding Spring

prickly_seedingYesterday, on the way to my parents’ to celebrate my Dad’s 81st birthday, we stopped along the way and explored a large, cleared field — a place where I remembered a small house stood many years before.  There was no sign of the house, though we didn’t really look carefully for stones of a basement, etc., but it was still a very interesting stop.  Next post, I’ve got some great “old, dead tree” photos and something else that’s errily pretty to share, but for today, I thought I’d post a few of the signs of spring we found.

Above is a tiny little seedling that was prickly on the ends to touch and might possibly be some sort of conifer, but I really don’t have a clue.  These beautifully coloured seedlings were abundant — you could hardly make your way along a path without stepping on one.  If anyone (jodi?) has any ideas as to what it might be, please holler out, because I don’t have a clue, though I’ll do some research today.  If it helps, most of them were located along a clear but very wet pathway.

grassOnce again, this photo shows a beautiful grass of some type — the plant on the right is just unfurling, much like a fern frond.  The plant on the left shows what it looks like once it is fully opened.  My Mom thought it may be a type of ribbon grass, and that’s what it looks like, but again, this was found abundantly in the middle of the same, wet field.

leavesThis tree branch offered up wonderfully gold-green leaves.  I’ll be ashamed of myself when I find out what it is because there are several of them in my hometown and I’ve been around them since I was a kid.  They have a dry, filmy seed-pod that I should have photographed, but didn’t.  The two large trees that I remember most vividly both grow where gypsum is abundant.  I’m sure it is very common.  It’s nice to have homework!

vaseWe also stumbled across this old vase , which seemed rather appropriate.  The glass was broken around the top, but I half wish I’d brought the metal part home, spray painted it and found a new insert for it.  Better left where it is, I guess.

daffsLastly, we came across a gorgeous clump of daffodils — but that, and the old trees — are a story for tomorrow.


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

13 thoughts on “Finding Spring”

  1. I love stumbling upon plants and trying to discover what they might be…this is when i think knowing a bit about plant families helps. Add that to the list….Learn characteristics of plant families and tree id! gail

  2. I love discovering little things popping up all over the place — whether that be in my own yard, on the side of the road, or somewhere else. It reminds of the vibrancy of life! –Jackie

  3. I have found some of my best flowers at old home places…crinum lilies, amaryllis, irises, daffodils…you name it! These are my favorites

  4. I love going around old homesites and seeing what I can see…and I gather I’m not alone. I hope someone does identify the mysterious sprouts, and my tiny contribution is that that “ribbon grass” looks like some kind of emerging bulb. Enjoyed going on this ramble with you, Nancy.

  5. I wish I could help with the mystery plant Nancy. It looks very interesting. You should have dug one up, brought it home & potted it! I think exploring old homesites is fun too although a little sad because they’re abandoned. I always imagine what the family would have been like that lived there. Great stop on your trip & hope your dad had a nice birthday.

  6. Nancy .. I was able to go back to the house I lived in as a child in Louisbourg .. the rose shrub my father planted was still there .. I took some roses from it but back then I had no idea how to preserve them .. I put them in a plastic bag .. i think you know what happened from there .. it broke my heart because I knew I would never get back there again.
    I loved seeing your story about your experiences .. hope the birthday boy had a great day with you all !
    PS .. I must have missed your blog change .. looking good girl ! : )

    Joy, we occasionally make the trip to Louisbourg — next time we’re planning a trip, I’ll get some info from you. The least I could do is take some photos. :) Glad you like the new look. Not sure if I do or not.

  7. Spring nature walks and those little signs of life are great. I enjoy doing that too. It’s so nice to see and appreciate the little things after a long dreary winter.

  8. Still bouncing with glee here, (though very tired after my trip to St. Andrews) but Nancy, I am currently stumped. Ah dinnae ken what the heck that first plant is, wondered if the second was a hemerocallis (possibly yer basic ditch lily or the yellow one), and suspect the third one might be a black elder? (Trees aren’t my strong suit either.) But that seedling is mystifying me because of its colour. I’ll probably have dreams about it or something. ;-)

  9. Nancy, There is a story there… will you be creating one or do you know of the actual one? I was going to offer hemerocallis also as the possible id on the second photo. That first photo is a treasure, isn’t it? I have no idea what it is, but I noticed the open buds of the shagbark hickory today (don’t know why I’ve not paid attention before) and they are Beautiful! :-)

  10. Thanks everyone for your input and your suggestions. I’ll send the first photo to my daughter and see if she’s ever seen such a thing while mapping wetlands — failing that, I’ll go dig one up and put it in a pot this weekend! It’s probably something quite plain and homely that’s pretty as it sprouts or something…there were dozens of them there. As to the grass, I think it really IS a type of grass, as opposed to a lily or anything else that grows from a bulb, though it surely looks like that. I believe I have photos of a mature plant somewhere — it sort of looks like marsh grass when it’s mature, jodi. Doesn’t help much, does it? And the tree — it has dried seed pods hanging from it that I should have snapped as well, but it was getting cool by the water. I’ll take another pic later in the season. Thanks again everyone! More pics from this area today.

  11. That metal frame could have been filled with sphagnum moss and used as a container for a plant. Looks like you had fun exploring!

    Oh! Yes! I may just have to return and “reclaim” that. What a great idea!

  12. Daffodils are such a wonderful remembrance from past times, that is, past inhabitants.
    They’re definitely an echo from the past.


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