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Monday, July 31st, 2017 07:03 am
Oh divine low humidity day!

I spent it in the shady glade, following the shade around the northern border, weeding the moss by hand. We have a Adirondack style bench we stained over the 4th of July weekend that we intend to place back in the glade. I've not mown in ages, it seems (since before my brother's family came) and the glade is overrun with stilt grass. Where we want the bench and then, around the edge toward the ferns, i felt weeding by hand might be the best way to manage.

I'm glad i did. Moonworts are leafing out now -- genus Botrychium, a tiny cousin of ferns in the Adder's tongue family (Ophioglossaceae). (We have Adder's tongue, too, they came up in the early spring and have faded.) The tiny leaves would likely have been whacked, as i mow as low as i can in the hopes of exterminating many of the plants growing out of the moss. I also found some other small ferns in the process of getting established.

I'm hoping that i'm rested and back to myself. July seems to have gone by so fast, but swept my attention to a variety of things with it. I feel like i am still recovering from 2016's move and election.