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"Goatsbeard!" he yelled at a tall weed with a silver head that looked like spun sugar.
As well as the stuffed bird - and we'll come to that - the piece comprises more than 3,000 threads on which are fixed some 10,000 seeds of dandelion, thistle and goatsbeard. All, apparently, can be found near the finish of the Great North Run in South Shields.
8: Natural markers for this week include the blooming of sweet Cicely, common fleabane, meadow goatsbeard, sweet rocket, poppies, iris, early mock orange, Korean lilac, and honeysuckle bushes, red-horse chestnut, wild cherry and locust trees, petalfall from most of the flowering crab apple trees, redbuds, azaleas and standard lilacs, the peak of warbler migration, the appearance of swallowtail butterflies, red admiral butterflies, small, orange fold-winged butterflies, white-spotted skipper butterflies, spitbugs, blue-tailed dragonflies, and scorpion flies in local gardens, goslings and ducklings along the rivers, webworms in the trees along the roadsides, and mating horseshoe crabs along the southern Atlantic coast.
parsnips, goatsbeard and sweet clovers take over the roadsides.
The stars of May could stand for flowers and fruits of late spring, could prophesy early summer as well, their signs arbitrary and infinite as the constellations: Arcturus overhead for peonies; the Corona Borealis beside it for Japanese Honeysuckle; Virgo below for the sweet locust, rhododendron, and meadow goatsbeard; Regulus in western Leo for wild roses and swamp iris; Vega in the far east for blackberry and mock orange; Castor and Pollux, setting in the west, for poppies and daisies; Libra in the south, promising strawberries and mulberries; Scorpius in the low southwest, pledging coneflowers and thistles to come.
Along the byways, find Meadow Goatsbeard Season and Sweet Clover Season and Buttercup Season.