An Entourage of Green Ambassadors

Show and Tell

I took my little assembly of show and tell items, and a small entourage consisting of three Green Ambassadors on the road yesterday. We, or at least *I*, had been invited to speak to the Olli Group at Bordino’s on Dickson St. in Fayetteville. At the time, they didn’t know about the ambassadors that usually accompany me on such appointments, ha.

Closer view of ginseng yearling.
A ginseng yearling.

Green Ambassadors

I’m one of those people who talk to plants and other things that generally don’t talk back. Well, I think they *do*, but not in the way people talk to each other. Anyway, I’ve told all the plants that I’ve potted up for sale at the market that they are the ambassadors for the plants of an endangered habitat. It’s my job to try to encourage people love them enough to want to restrain themselves from logging the deep woods and maintain proper conditions for these plants to grow. But it’s their job to stand up and be interesting when I need to bring them along for show-and-tell dates.

The Green Ambassadors that came today were ginseng, since that was the focus of the talk. A yearling, a two-prong, and a three-prong, to represent the rest of their kind back home in the deep woods. They behaved graciously as they were passed around in their little pots to be examined closely during the meal.

Bloodroot also came along in the form of a rhizome I brought to show them how it gets its name. After snapping it in half to demonstrate the “bleeding” it does, one of the Olli members, Ned (who is also the one who invited me to give the talk), pocketed the two halves to bring home to plant in his shade garden.

Book Me and the Green Ambassadors

Click here and fill out the form if you’d like me to bring some Green Ambassadors from the ginseng habitat to visit your group. I can usually be bribed with good food, and if you’re outside northwest Arkansas, travel expenses and lodging. Payment when possible is always welcomed, but if you don’t have the budget, don’t let the lack stop you from asking.

 Confrontation at the pond

I’ll end today’s post with a lead line to a little story about the turtle the dogs and I encountered today. The rest of the post is at my FB page. Come on over and visit a little while if you have more time 🙂

I had an interesting event while out looking for the horses. First I went up by the pond to see if they’d gone that way….

Posted by Wild Ozark on Friday, April 17, 2015

turtle
A good-sized snapping turtle that was at the gate one day several years ago.

 

P.S. I am sooooo glad I took a few moments to proofread this post before making it live. I don’t know why, but I keep mistakenly calling “Bordino’s” “Bordello’s” instead. Do you know what a bordello is? Just as I was getting ready to hit ‘publish’, I noticed that I wrote “Bordello’s” instead. I did NOT go to the bordello for lunch. I went to Bordino’s!


About Wild Ozark
Wild Ozark is a nature farm. Mostly we grow rocks. I use those rocks and some of the herbs to make earth pigments and watercolor paints. We also grow native clay that I use for making my Fairy Swing Mushrooms. And then there are the trees. We grow lots of trees. My husband uses some for his woodworking and some for our Burnt Kettle Shagbark Hickory Syrup, but for the most part they stand around creating good air, shade, & habitat for the ginseng nursery.
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About the voice behind this blog, Madison Woods
I'm a creative old soul living way off the beaten path with my husband in the wild Ozark Mountains. You can find my art on display and for sale at the Kingston Square Arts shop in Kingston, Arkansas. It's a tiny little town and a bit off the path to anywhere at all, but a wonderful ride out to a most beautiful part of our state. Besides homesteading, growing plants & making arts & crafty things, I write books and stories. My rural fantasy fiction, written under the pen name, Ima Erthwitch, usually takes place in a much altered Ozarks.