July 27, 1852

in Thoreau’s Journal

I observe grape vines with green clusters almost fully grown hanging over the water—& hazel nut husks are fully formed & are richly autumnally significant. Viburnum denatum elder—& red-stemmed cornel—all with an abundance of green berries help clothe the bank—and the asclepia incarnata & meadow rue fill the crevices. Above all there is the Cardinal flower just opened—close to the water’s edge—remarkable for its intense scarlet color—contrasting with the surrounding green.

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