Nature’s composters are hard at work on this snag which tumped over last spring. Among them, several varieties of fungus, which are both beautiful and somewhat creepy.
To say central Arkansas has had a mild winter is an understatement. Just yesterday, the National Weather Service reported a record high of 83 at the airport, tying the old record set back in 1904. While it’s great for getting out in the garden or on the trail, it also means there was no winter kill for little arthropodic nasties like ticks. Below are photos of a hitchhiker found after having waded for an hour in the brambles to knock back dead canes, possibly improve blackberry yield and probably scare the stuffins’ out of the snakes in hiding.
Each year, the Arkansas Flower and Garden show provides three days of relief from the cold, gray winter with maximum floral eye candy. However, a week of highs in the 60s, cabin fever wasn’t a factor. Even so, thousands of people wandered among the flower show displays and gardens interpreting the “Floral Notes” theme.