I've deliberately left a few 'weeds' growing in the corner of the lawn - just to see what emerges. I thought I had identified it as Wild Carrot, or Bird's-nest, also known as Queen Anne's-Lace - and sure enough this is what it turned out to be. Domesticated carrots were bred from Wild Carrot - the coarse fibrous taproot of the latter was selectively bred out until farmers got what we know today as a nice orange carrot.
You've got to be very careful playing with such edibles. Both members of the Parsley family, Wild Carrot resembles Poison Hemlock (think of Socrates) in many ways. Poison Hemlock is... poisonous. It doesn't have a hairy stalk (as this Wild Carrot does).
Wild Carrot flowers in the summer, as opposed to the spring time - you get a little purple or dark florette in the middle of the flower (be patient - it will come). The deep taproot smells like a carrot. Poison Hemlock has a nasty odour, and purple splotches on the stalk. Basically, if you don't know what it is, don't eat it or you may become extremely sick or even mildly dead - or somewhere in between.
On the other hand, if you cast your eyes skyward in our garden, you'll see small unripe peaches dangling from the peach tree.
The neighbourhood here used to be an orchard, and this peach tree is probably descended from a long line of much bigger peach trees.
These peaches are small and hard and taste rather bland and un-peachy. Trust me on this one - I like to snack on items I find in the garden.
But they look very nice to me.
The potato patch is green and abundant. I'm looking forward to digging up the crop in a few months. I will dig them up in the fall, before the frosts come - when the leaves begin to turn yellow and black.
The grass crop appears to be thriving.
It is fully ripe and ready for picking.
That is, if you are a beagle.
Monty went to the vet today and got blood taken and he was relieved to be back in his garden, chewing on his grass.
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