By Sadie Lloyd Mudge  

It’s a good time to be an invasive here. The multiflora rose is having its way with the landscape, and the scent of the smooth bedstraw fills the air right alongside it. We are slowly clearing out and reestablishing the old orchard here, which means removing the multiflora rose, but for now I am enjoying the clumps of it dotted under the apple trees. We are planting English and rugosa roses instead. The cinnamon rose, the small rambling pink roses you may see in ditches or bushed about in weedy pastures, I’m less eager to part with. They too are managed with good mowing, so I think I may leave some of these around.

I have been meaning to call Selectman Kathy Littlefield and find out what the mowing schedule for roadsides is this year so that I can let you all know. I will do my best to find out next week.

The fields next to us have not yet been mowed for hay. When they’re in full bloom and you walk by on a sunny evening you can see bugs and bees and butterflies and birds swooping and dancing and buzzing about over the little blossoms. While I know buttercups are not favorable pasture or hay, the soft swath of color is a sight I’m fond of. We have a wetland that sits just below our field (on old maps it is called Ames Pond – which makes me wonder who the Ameses were). We have seen rare birds here, and paired with the fields in full wild bloom, the wildlife are in paradise. What a treat to live beside them and witness it.

One of my favorite things about the Doak farmhouse is actually the ditch across the street. I imagine that over the years Dodie must have tossed many an old flower bunch or seeds or cuttings; it has become a record of such things. There are random patches of chives, perennial flowers, and even some martagon lilies that bloomed for a while (the ones with flower heads that hang upside down on the stem). I tried to save some seed one year.

It is almost officially summer, but it has felt like it for weeks now. Lots to enjoy this year.


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