|Peach tree in blossom|
One of the newly planted cherry trees didn't survive the spring's drought. But the little peach tree has been in full pink blossom for two weeks.
|A morel among the violets|
The black currant bushes are abuzz with bees.
If we put in a sun porch, I hope to move them successfully from their place.
|Black currant in full plethora|
My father remembered his grandparents drinking sassafras tea as a spring tonic, so in the last April days before the sap fully rises and they flower and leaf, he had me dig up a couple of saplings for their aromatic taproots. I cleaned them off, boiled them in well water, mixed in some of the backyard honey, and we had a refreshing tea. To me it was like an earthy sasparilla, to Dad it was nostalgia, but a skeptical Porter thought it tasted too much like medicine.