COLUMN: Summer past and present

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My list of favorite summer flowers is long but near the top of the list is the belladonna lily. Also known as the belladonna amaryllis or “naked ladies,” the pink flowers were in their prime over the past two weeks. Alas, most have died back by now.

If peonies are a sure sign of spring, then belladonna lilies are proof that late summer has come and it’s time for school to resume.

The flowers seem to emerge out of the ground almost overnight each summer and what is unusual about them is that they produce their leafy growth in the spring but there is no flower.

Spring foliage dies back by midsummer and the plant is basically invisible. However, Mother Nature is busy underground and come late July or early August, stems emerge from the bulb and the beautiful pink amaryllis blossoms unfold.

I have heard that clumps of belladonna lilies should be divided occasionally and should anyone have a few extra bulbs after dividing theirs this fall, I’d be happy to take a couple. I’m sure others would, too, so if you divide your flowers, pass a couple to a friend or neighbor.

Schweizer Fest

Congratulations on what seemed to be a very successful Schweizer Fest. The summer heat was tolerable and crowds seemed to be their usual size. The park was packed Wednesday evening for Family Appreciation Night and thanks to Perry-Spencer Communications, Oakwood Health Campus and Schweizer Fest Inc. for sponsoring free rides.

The money families might otherwise spend on ride tickets helps community groups selling food in the park and most of the workers I talked to said Wednesday was their busiest day.

Thanks to the nonprofit groups who staff food booths and other attractions in the park. I managed to sample items from most of them during the week. As usual, everything was delicious. I’m partial to pork-chop and ribeye sandwiches and was a repeat customer to those booths.

Thanks to the compliments sent our way for this year’s Schweizer Zeitung, which profiled people in the ir 20s, 30s and 40s who are making a difference in Tell City. We received suggestions for future nominees and we have a list started. We might include similar stories in next year’s Zeitung or another special section.

Squirrel Season

Friday marked the first day of squirrel season in the state and I know of hunters who planned to hit the woods early in the morning. As a kid, I can remember my brothers going hunting and then going to church on Aug. 15, which is also the solemnity of the Assumption.

According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, squirrel populations are abundant but I have not seen that many squirrels scampering along roadways.
There’s plenty of time to hunt squirrels as the season goes through Jan. 31. Hunters can harvest both gray and fox squirrels, and the bag limit is five per day.

We get plenty of photos of lucky hunters with deer and turkey but not many of squirrels. Just because they are small doesn’t mean it doesn’t take a lot of skill to be a successful hunter. We’d welcome photos of successful squirrel hunters of any ages, but especially of youngsters bagging their first bushy-tails.