Clark Hollow Ramblings: Growing time

Showy orchis
Showy orchis Jason Hollinger via Wikimedia Commons

I trust you have had your belly full of morels by this time. I only went out a couple of times, but I did learn something new: my grandkids can eat them as fast as I take them out of the skillet. I usually have a few to share with a friend or two, but not so much this year. I think I will let the ticks and the snakes have the rest of them. 

My mother-in-law used to say that the first thunder of the year wakes the snakes up. I don’t know if that is true, but last week I saw two snakes. One small one was in the mountain where I was helping a friend get some wood, and one much larger one at the woodpile, where I was splitting and stacking. One looked like a milk snake and I think the other one was a garter snake, so, no harm, no foul.

I did see my first showy orchis in the mountain the last time I went looking for mushrooms. These little wild orchids are so beautiful, it makes trudging around in the mountain worth every minute of it. And the wild geraniums are also showing off their blooms. 

What this latest rain and warm weather has done has made the vegetables in the garden practically jump out of the ground. A few days ago, we planted corn, green beans and limas, and they are all sticking there little green heads up through the ground. The peas are almost ready to bloom, and I have already begun to wage war on the potato bugs. Those blasted things are as persistent as I am when I am trying to split a knotty piece of fire wood, which I seem to have a lot of this year. 

I have to take my sister some radishes. She loves them, and they are maturing nicely, along with the leaf lettuce. We have been enjoying green salads and the asparagus has been especially good this year. Ours didn’t seem as abundant as it has in years past, but it was been quite tasty. My bride likes to make soup out of the asparagus, which I like, but not as much as I enjoy it on the grill, wrapped in some aluminum foil with a little butter and seasoning. Or just throw it in the skillet with a little butter and salt. But, don’t overcook it. I like it rather crisp. 

It is hard to believe that the month of May is half over. With the winter we had, it seemed like the warmer weather would never get here, and now they are calling for temperatures near 90 this week. I guess we should just take the days as they come and try to enjoy each one we are given. 

Somebody is always asking, “How are you doing?” That is a pleasant enough question. I think I have run across the perfect answer, or at least one that works for me. I will leave you with these words from a song by Chris Knight, called “Little Victories.”

I got a deer and half in the freezer,
I got wheels and plenty of wood.
I know I ain’t setting the world on fire,
But I think I got it pretty good.

Richard Brady
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Richard Brady was born and raised within sight of Rappahannock Peak, as was his father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, etc. He graduated from George Mason University and was employed for 35 years with various agencies of the federal government. He retired in 2001, and he and his wife, Linda, live in Flint Hill, Va.