Here It Comes!

It has been a cold, late spring up here in New England, but today will reach the mid 80s, so plants will be exploding into full leaf.

Here is a strange photo of a poison ivy leaf about to unfold. It looks a bit like a lobster, all red and claw-like. But in a day or so the "leaves of three" will show clearly.

And the nasty oil that sits in the roots and woody stems will travel into the new leaves – or perhaps be created by the new leaves? Does anyone know?

So poison ivy and oak and sumac are troublesome in any season, but spring and summer is when most of us fall victim, by touching, tearing, or using the leaves for purposes we won't diginify with a description.

Be wary!