|Pokey hats, early on a snowy Sunday. AMcC|
Some years ago I had the opportunity to visit a state park with a friend from Scotland. Montauk State Park is a beautiful spot on the banks of the upper Current River. After a long day of watching people fish for trout, we visited the lodge. My friend stepped up to the snack bar and in a heavy Glaswegian accent ordered a “pokey hat.” It took some effort to discover that she meant an ice cream cone. Hilarious!
|Cup Plant hangs on to the snow too,|
almost as well as it does rain water. AMcC
I saw a pokey hat in my front yard early this morning. The prickly seedhead of Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is especially good at showing off the beautiful snow. It’s afternoon now and gusts of 40 mile-per-hour winds haven’t yet knocked the hat off.
|Male American Robin rides the storm out in the witch hazel tree. AMcC|
|Am. Goldfinches hard at work on |
the seeds of Prairie Dock. AMcC
In spite of a temperature of 19° F (wind chill of 2°), Slate-colored Junco, Carolina Chickadee, Downy Woodpecker, and White-throated Sparrow are busy in the back yard. In the front, American Goldfinches tease the last seeds out of Prairie Dock seedheads (Silphium terebinthinaceum).
All this activity is missing from gardens where the owner tidies up in fall. That’s one less chore for those who garden with binoculars.