Springing Into Summer, Along the Wareham River.   2 comments

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There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth.

~ Rumi

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Lady’s-thumb, Polygonum persicaria*,

 has a long window of ediblity.

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Yellow Dock,  Rumex crispus

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Summer afternoon – summer afternoon;

to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.

~ Henry James

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Austrian Black Pine, Pinus nigra*,

needles are always harvest-able, and make delicious, tea.

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In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day.  No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.

~ Aldo Leopold

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Wrinkled Rose, Rosa rugosa*,

petals make a lovely, addition to salad.

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I question not if thrushes sing,
If roses load the air;
Beyond my heart I need not reach
When all is summer there.
~ John Vance Cheney

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Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca *,

buds and flowers are ready to harvest, right now!

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Japanese Knotweed, Polygonum cuspidatum *

is no longer edible, now, it’s busy taking over!

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If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.

~ Bern Williams

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Sweetfern, Comptonia peregrina*,

is amazingly fragrant and ripe for the picking.  Just shake a branch and the smell tells you how wonderful it tastes!

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No price is set on the lavish summer;
June may be had by the poorest comer.
~ James Russell Lowell

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Autumn-olive, Elaeagnus umbellata*,

those tiny golden berries will be fat, pink and tasty, come September.

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What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.

~ Gertrude Jekyll

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Poison Sumac, Rhus vernix*,


Do NOT touch, contact with any part  can cause severe dermatitis and long standing misery.  Worse than Poison Ivy.

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Do what we can, summer will have its flies.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Red Cedar, Juniperus virginiana*,

my favorite aroma therapy.  Crushing the berries, any time of year, delivers  wafting, expansive delight.

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Then followed that beautiful season…


Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape

Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Wild Lettuce, Lactuca canadensis,

leaves are now past their prime, and quite bitter.

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Red Clover, Trifolium pratense*, 

flower heads and leaves provide loads of tea making goodness.

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Mullein, Verbascum thapsus*,

is a fabulous shoe deodorizer!  Just crush several leaves, stuff them in your shoes, overnight, and presto, no stinko!

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What I most want is to spring out of this personality,

then to sit apart from that leaping.

I’ve lived too long where I can be reached.

~ Rumi

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White Sweet Clover, Melilotus alba*,

makes a wonderful addition to coffee.

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Reeds, Phragmites communis,

it is written that the young stems can be made into marshmallows.  If I can find reasonable instructions on how to do so, I will give it a try and let you know the results.

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All photos in this post were taken along Merchant’s Way, between the Feed Store and the Narrows Bridge, in Wareham, MA.  The plants shown, are a small representation of the diverse population, thriving along the river banks.  Unfortunately, due to the railroad tracks and heavy traffic, it is not a safe area to forage.  However, it is a fabulous place to walk , identify, get to know and photograph Wareham’s natural beauty.

Below are links to posts identifying each plant marked with an asterisk *.  The few plants remaining I will endeavor to work up, in the next week or so.

Thanx for stopping by,  See you next time.

Another June River Walk: https://forageporage.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/walking-the-wareham/

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Lady’s-thumb, Polygonum persicaria:


Austrian Black Pine, Pinus nigra:



Wrinkled Roses, Rosa rugosa:



 Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca:



 Japanese Knotweed, Polygonum cuspidatum:



Sweetfern, Comptonia peregrine:


 Autumn-olive, Elaeagnus umbellate:








 Poison Sumac, Rhus vernix:


 Red Cedar, Juniperus virginiana:


Red Clover, Trifolium pretense:


 Mullein, Verbascum Thapsus:


White Sweet Clover, Melilotus alba:


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2 responses to “Springing Into Summer, Along the Wareham River.

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  1. Loved the quotes! Gonna try making clover tea and adding white sweet clover to coffee.

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