Our backyard forest has turned me into a botanist! I used a couple of phone apps that can take photos like these
and give guesses on the plant name. I hacked up some code to compile a list of of 80 different plants and trees I’ve found so far:
In the process, I have uploaded 50 photos to augment existing Wikipedia articles and created (brief) new articles that were missing on the fourvalve mimosa, the arrowhead rattlebox, and this guy, my favorite, the rare Alabama skullcap.
There are lots other common skullcaps, but this beauty can be found only in a small area around Birmingham.
This one is called dayflower because it’s flower only last one day:
This one is the medicinal Saint Johns-wart:
This poisonous plant is called pokeweed:
I the safer food category, we have our first potato harvest:
And in the stinky food category, you can look for this fruit:
He is a Durian. Smells so bad that they put ‘No Durian’ signs right next to ‘No Smoking’ signs in Asia where they are otherwise popular.
To aid in our gardening, I managed to squeeze water out of a rock:
And Helen managed to squeeze me, briefly, into a Scottish kilt:
Zach made another trip from Bozeman back to Rochester to install some kitchen appliances:
The plan is to finish a full inside and out renovation and sell it to friend James within a few months.
Closing with a few critter photos: