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July 16, 2013

This lovely weed is now blooming. It lines the path over our small dune and down to the beach.

It took awhile to figure out what it is; finally went thru the not-native section of my wildflower book and spotted it right away. Bouncing Bet or Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis). Once I had that name I was able to search on the web for more information.

From the Virginia Tech Weed ID site - which I now have bookmarked!

Often called soapwort because it produces a soapy lather when crushed, this weed was grown by early settlers for use as a cleaning detergent and soap. Bouncingbet was also cultivated during the Industrial Revolution when cloth was first manufactured on a large scale. Bouncingbet was introduced from Europe and is now distributed throughout North America.
Here's another website for those further west - from Colorado

Then there is the place selling seeds for this weed. "Heirloom flower whose stems & roots can be used to create gentle suds. Plants will spread in most soils. 30 seeds per packet $2.75" Really? Heirloom flower?

A quick bucket for the day - another hot one here on the east shore of lake Ontario, mid-80s and dry. The cow corn out in the fields is starting to tassel already but the leaves are stressed. Any rain in the next week and the corn should be fine.

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