The neottia, or ladies’-tresses, behind Garfield’s house. The golden robin is now a rare bird to see. Here are the small, lively-tasting blackberries, so small they are not commonly eaten... In Lee’s field are two kinds of plantain. Is the common one found here?
*Apios tuberosa*, or *Glycine Apios*, ground-nut. The prenanthes now takes the place of the lactucas, which are gone to seed.
In the dry ditch, near Abel Minott’s house that was, I see cardinal-flowers, with their red artillery, reminding me of soldiers, – red men, war, and bloodshed. Some are four and a half feet high. Thy sins shall be as scarlet. Is it my sins that I see? It shows how far a little color can go; for the flower is not large, yet it makes itself seen from a afar, and so answers the purpose for which it was colored completely... *Scutellaria lateriflora*, side-flowering skullcap, here. This brook deserves to be called Clematis Brook... for the clematis is very abundant, running over the alders and other bushes on its brink. Where the brook issues from the pond, the nightshade grows profusely, spreading five or six feet each way, with its red berries now ripe.
[Thoreau, *Journal* - 8/20/1851]
**Orioles** ‘love’ oranges and other fresh fruits; also ‘jelly – especially grape jelly!
Graves on the ancestral burial grounds had to be moved due to the Allegheny Reservoir. The archaeological study of the Cornplanter graves was conducted by two graduate students of the University of Buffalo...
When Cornplanter’s burial site was excavated, some expressed concern that no jewelry or medals were found in his casket, as a ceremonial burial had been expected. Merle Deardorff, friend of the Indians and local historian well versed in Indian lore and culture, noted that by 1818 Cornplanter had destroyed all his medals, everything the Americans had given him. By this time Cornplanter had rejected his alliance of many years with the white man. He had become disillusioned with state and federal government; therefore, no symbols that could represent this previously trusted friendship were to be found in his burial site.
[*Kinzua: from Cornplanter to the Corps*]
***Corydalis lutea*** is related to the dicentras... they can grow ‘just about anywhere’... comely foliage and yellow flowers that bloom ‘over an astonishing period’ – what more could one want?... self-sows reliably...
**Asters** will spread slowly by seed and roots... propagation by seed is iffy – many seeds must be broadcast, as the germination rate is ‘not great’... transplanting plants from abundant stands is the best way, it is said...
***Liatris*** can be started from seed in outdoor beds – ‘Fresh seed does not germinate well, but I have had 2 and 3-year-old seed come very well’... Transplant or divide in spring... ‘A faster method is to remove the offsets from the corm-like bases. Curtis and Stiles in Massachusetts have also successfully pulled away the basal leaves with heels and rooted them in 3 to 4 weeks’...
[Edwin F. Steffek]
**Italian Corn Salad**.
The Italian Corn Salad is a distinct species, and differs from the Common Corn Salad in its foliage, and, to some extent, in its general habit. It is a hardy annual, about eighteen inches high. The radical leaves are pale-green, large, thick, and fleshy, - those of the stalk long, narrow, and pointed; the flowers are small, pale-blue, washed or stained with red; the seeds are of a light-brown color, somewhat compressed, convex on one side, hollowed on the opposite, and retain their vitality five years, - nearly twenty-two thousand are contained in an ounce.
It is cultivated and used in the same manner as the species before described. It is, however, earlier, milder in flavor, and slower in running to seed. The leaves are sometimes employed early in spring as a substitute for Spinach; but their downy or hairy character renders them less valuable for salad purposes than those of some of the varieties of the Common Corn Salad.
[Fearing Burr, *The Field and Garden Vegetables of America*]
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Barack Obama calls David Cameron "bro".
The first sports bra was made from two jockstraps.
One in 10 of Britain's train carriages still flush toilet waste straight on to the railway tracks.
"Let us turn ours into a country of mushrooms by making mushroom cultivation scientific, intensive and industrialised!" is an official slogan of North Korea.
Quentin Tarantino still records films from TV on VHS cassettes.
King Arthur may have been Glaswegian.
A man-sized lobster lived 480 million years ago.
Michael Jackson made a series of prank calls to Russell Crowe.
The Queen likes to have her pre-lunch gin and Dubonnet in front of BBC Two's The Daily Politics.
In September 1944 the New York Times explained pizza to its readers and included a rare use of its plural "pizze"...
Larry King tweets by calling a dedicated voicemail, which is listened to by an assistant who then transcribes his thought to Twitter.
The best to drink coffee is about an hour after waking up...
Most kangaroos are left-handed.
The word "twerk" dates back to 1820.
Real Paleolithic people, contrary to some of the followers of the fashionable modern diet named after them, appear to have eaten plenty of carbohydrates.
Reindeer migration is a major live television event in Norway.
US Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders released a spoken-word folk album in 1987.
Bill Cosby was the first choice to play Sam Malone in Cheers, ahead of Ted Danson.
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