Temperatures took a real nose dive here over the Thanksgiving holiday but everyone stayed warm and cozy by the fire and enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving feast. I hope you also had a wonderful holiday spent with family and friends.
It’s rare that I can get a small group of sheep to concentrate on anything except eating grass but I was lucky to get this shot with my iPhone before everyone resumed their chomping at the ground.
Rhus typhina, our native Staghorn Sumac simply loves the edges of pastures. To say it is a volunteer under these conditions is an understatement. It leads the charge. I remember when we first moved to the farm, I spent a great part of the first year clearing very large Staghorn Sumacs that had suckered and were marching toward the center of the pasture from every edge. The beauty of the plant, however, has not been lost on breeders who have developed a number of cultivars for the garden including the show stopping Rhus Typhina ‘Tiger Eyes’ (below).