The common Buttercup or "little frog, This flower is acrid and not the first choice of browsing animals. It can cause blisters and digestive irritations. I have quickly learned that almost everything that grows on our land exists because it is inedible to deer. The buttercups shiny look comes from a additional layer of cells just beneath the surface, giving it that just polished appearance. The Nez Perce of the Pacific Northwest call the buttercup 'Coyotes Eyes'.
According to legend, Coyote was tossing his eyes up in the air and catching them again when Eagle snatched them. Unable to see, Coyote made eyes from the buttercup.
After Ansel learned that he would probably get a stomachache from eating a buttercup, he has told me on several occasions, "My tummy hurts, but I didn't swallow a buttercup."
It was first recommended 2000 years ago against pulmonary diseases, and thus has remained one of its primary uses, especially against cough and croup. Leaf or herbal teas were used for expectoration, consumption, dry cough, bronchitis, sore throat and hemorroids. Leaves were also smoked against pulmonary ailments. Oil from the flowers was used against catahrrs, colics, earaches, frostbite, eczema, warts, boils, carbuncles and chilblains. We all suffer from chilblains now and then, don't we?
Emmy received her first hymenoptera sting last week...in her own bedroom. These beautiful critters keep finding their way in and subsequently dying. I haven't seen as many this week and I am hoping that the warmer weather has been keeping them happy outdoors.
White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
Unfortunately with the deer come these nasty bloodsucking hitchhikers that apparantly only find my hemoglobin to be at all appetizing. I find at least one thumbing a ride every day. I read that Guinea Fowl can eradicate two acres a year of the nasty vermin. 5 years and we could be tick-free! The down side is that the hens are extremely loud and may disturb our neighbors. We are the only family sans canine and so I don't think we can receive any legitimate complaints.
Fort Salty (in Progress)
I think it appropriate to the field guide to track the progress of our fort. Ansel provided the nomenclature.