02 July 2007

milkweed revisited

this sphere of pink is a cluster of flowers of a milkweed plant. last fall i blogged the seed pod. most tend to think of the plant in its late autumn state with seeds releasing from the split pod and traveling out on the wind. but in my mind its summer thats the best time for milkweed. the plant is nondescript, the flower unremarkable. but the scent is one of the best smells of summer. on my road is a field where milkweed is prolific. pass that spot on a warm summers day and the smell will envelope you with its sweetness. so every year i leave some milkweed to grow in the yard. the tall gangly plant is not at all pretty and looks very much out of place. but theres nothing better than waking up to that smell wafting in my window.

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