Dragons Hatching, Clematis Blooming, and Feeding Horses in the Rain

Dragons Hatching!

Last fall I collected seeds from a large Green Dragon. I put the berries directly into pots and kept them overwinter in the ginseng nursery. The other morning I noticed they were hatching – er, sprouting! The link in the first sentence will take you to a page about the plant. It’s also where I’ll be posting update pictures from the seedlings that sprouted.

green dragon hatchling 2014
green dragon hatchling 2014

Now, I’m pretty sure these are Green Dragons. Except for the problem that I can’t find the original plant again this year. There’s a gigantic Jack-in-the-Pulpit growing near where it was though, so that has me a little concerned that these may actually be pulpit’s instead. But I am absolutely positive that it was a Dragon in that same area last year. So we’ll see. As these little seedlings mature it’ll be easy to tell the difference.

My Clematis is Blooming!

Gorgeous purple clematis blooming at the Wild Ozark homestead.
Gorgeous purple clematis blooming at the Wild Ozark homestead.

Ordinarily I landscape with native plants. But I have a weakness for the bright blooms of clematis. This is a flower I could never grow while we lived in south Louisiana, and it took me several years to cough up the money (or rather I asked Rob to cough it up, lol) to buy one at a nursery last year. One reason I like natives so much is that they’re freely available. But after jealously eyeing all the other beautiful clematises I’d seen growing at other houses, I gave in to the envie’ and splurged. I was so happy it survived the winter and started climbing the fence this year again, and the blooms bring me joy every time I look at them.

Feeding in the Rain

Last night it rained hard and plenty. This morning a gentle patter fell and I went out to feed the critters. I love walking around outside when the rain is light and the air is balmy.

Shasta and Comanche eating breakfast.
Shasta and Comanche eating breakfast.

The horses aren’t too happy about the mud returning to the gate area, though. Seems like it had finally dried out yesterday, and then the rain mushed it all up again last night.

Have a Great Weekend

Hope you’re having a great start to the weekend. I’ll be at the Kingston Fair on the Square if thunderstorms don’t run us out. Come by if you can!


First Hunt by Ima ErthwitchPredator and Prey, or the hunter and the hunted is a common theme throughout my fiction writing. No Qualms, one of my short stories (free at most retailers) is about about a predator/prey relationship. Symbiosis, my first finished novel, not published yet, deals with predator/prey relationships and the balance of energy among life on earth, sometimes symbolic and often outright. Many of my flash fiction stories (I have twitterfiction and 100-word flash stories) are also dealing with this same dynamic. This is a strong theme that runs through most of my fiction and is strongly influenced by life in the wild Ozarks where we live. My first published novel, First Hunt, also has a predator and prey theme to it. I guess it's just part of my nature.

Nature Farming


Wild Ozark is 160 acres of beautiful wild Ozark mountains. I call what I do "nature farming" because the land produces, all by itself, the shagbark hickory trees, ferns, moss, ground-fall botanicals, and the perfect habitats for growing and stewarding American ginseng. I'm co-creating with Nature - all of the things I use to make the Fairy Gardens and Forest Folk, the bark we harvest for Burnt Kettle's shagbark hickory syrup, are produced by nature without my input. This land is my muse for inspiration when it comes to my writing, drawing, and photography. It's truly a Nature Farm.

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. Besides homesteading, growing plants & making crafty things and newsletters, I write books and stories. My rural fantasy fiction, written under the pen name, Ima Erthwitch, usually takes place in a much altered Ozarks.


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