Tarweed could mean several things. That to me doesn't look like the one the native Americans used for food. But there are so many hard to be sure. That one looks to me like another one from Europe used for ornamental flower gardens that went wild.
J.D. Ray wrote:OK, hawthorn identified. Also, we've been told that this is tarweed, which is, contrary to the way the name sounds, a good thing. It was evidently planted as a food crop by Native Americans. Can anyone confirm?
One of the things Hawthorns were commonly used for was hedgerows as a living fence. Also good for windbreaks. Food for wildlife shouldn't be discounted. And yes, they bloom early and what is in your photo is the pollinated fruit after blooming is finished. Also hawthorn jelly is pretty tasty.
J.D. Ray wrote:If we're not so into herbalism, what's it good for? Decoration doesn't mean much, considering that it's about 1000 feet from the house in an oak grove.
BTW, I didn't see any evidence of flower petals around when I took the picture. Are they early bloomers? The ones in the pictures at that link looked amazing, but I would expect there to be some evidence of petals still around in June.
I am trying that this year on my cottonwood stump.
Michael Cox wrote:What about building your compost heap over it? The warmth, nutrients and moisture will all help speed up its break down.
John Weiland wrote:@Sebastian K: "Science is an art with different disciplines ...... However they share something in common. The urge to understand and reason about the world."
Less for the technical aspects regarding the practice of science and more to your previous point that "I don't know who said the following, but I will try to get close to the original: To discover something new in science, one has to study the history of science."
Here is something worth considering when thinking about the history of science and subconscious motivations that gave birth to it.....one must consider for themselves whether or not they feel these motivations to be operating in present day science:
"Two aspects of the writings of Francis Bacon (often considered to be the father of the scientific method) stand out:
1) He established an approach of using data gathering to develop and test scientific theories. He stressed the importance of inductive logic in generalizing from data to theory and proposed techniques for using further experimentation to look for exceptions to--and refutations of--those theories. The Platonic approach of looking within for knowledge was replaced by the Aristotelian, empirical, approach of looking out into nature for knowledge. Bacon's empirical approach helped to clearly separate science from philosophy.
2) Bacon also had some 'interesting' things to say about the relationship between science and nature. He was attorney general of King James 1 during the time of the witch trials. In speaking of the role of science, he advocated that nature be "hounded in her wanderings and made into a slave". He proposed that nature's secrets should be "tortured from her". His anti-woman, anti-nature stand reflects his culture, but it also reveals the origin of an important aspect of science that is still evident today, that the goal of science is to dominate nature. This goal, however, is more cultural than logical, it is not an inevitable consequence of the scientific method."
"I think science without ethics is sociopathology. To say, "I’ll apply what I know regardless of the outcome" is to take absolutely no responsibility for your actions. I don’t want to be associated with that sort of science." Bill Mollison
"In our culture we view the pigs as just so much inanimate protoplasmic structure to be manipulated however cleverly hubris can imagine to manipulate it. And I would suggest that a culture that views its plants and animals in that type of disrespectful, arrogant, manipulative standpoint will view its citizens the same way...and other cultures" Joel Salatin