For the first time ever, I spotted several Indian pipe plants, with their nodding flowers, in the woods near our house. These rare plants are usually white and do not have any chlorophyll. Indian pipe plants are parasitic, relying on certain fungal hosts associated with the roots of trees in dense forests. Here, the plants flowered in later August after several days of heavy rain.
Last weekend, I spent a very enjoyable afternoon in Mantorville, Minnesota, which is about 1 1/2 hours south of the Twin Cities. First, I attended the Mantorville Theatre Company production of “Love, Sex and the IRS,” followed by a wonderful meal at the Hubbell House, a block away. I would encourage anyone to make a day of it and plan see the melodramas and plays in Mantorville. What fun in a great home town!