Something I love to do lately is take a walk around my yard and identify trees, wildflowers and other living things. Its so wonderful to know the real names of the beautiful living things on my property and it really interests me.
This shrub flowers each early summer and today I was able to confirm that it is Mountain Laurel. It is our state’s flower. I thought it was pretty neat to teach our daughters that. It is very beautiful but can also be poisonous (see how important it is to know what is on your land?). Native American Indians were said to use it in a drink to commit suicide at times. I am not sure how much truth there is to that but I found it interesting. In either case, children and pets should keep away from it and especially never eat any part of it.