Sunday, January 28, 2024

Capsella bursa-pastoris


The shepherd's purse I've been encouraging in my yard for years is going to seed. In January! Sometimes climate change greets us in small ways. Day to day, year to year, lifetime to lifetime. How will our plants adapt? How will we meet and greet these changes? How do we, as herbalists, encounter climate change? I've been exploring these questions lately. 

I was inspired to post this beautiful old botanical sketch. Someone somewhere a long time ago watched this plant grow and captured its flowering in this drawing. I feel lucky to watch the relative of this plant continue to grow and adapt. What changes do we notice over time? Over the years? Can we see the evidence of climate change in our plant communities? What does it look like? I look forward to exploring these and many other questions. 

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