My Beloved made us tuna sandwiches if you want one! The greens are from the garden.
Now that you’ve had a bite, join me while I spin a tale of Willow Manor Cattail Harvesting!
So, yesterday I went to a nearby waterway to collect cattails for my garden and encountered a painful experience.
My skin blistered, my forearm swelled, and I had localized pain and tingling in my arms and hands. The pain lasted at least 6 hours well after the swelling went down. It actually hurt so bad I could hardly sleep. Think persistent bee sting or fire ant bite at a consistent rate and you get the picture.
I really examined wher I hurt to clean the area and find out what bit me. There was a small puncture and scratch where it hurt the worst.
I made sure the area was scrubbed clean of all debris and it continued to deliver, especially at the scratch area.
Extensive internet research (oxymoron) Yielded few similar results.
I spoke with Herb Thiel my father about it and he thought I could probably figure it out if I returned during daylight hours.
Return I did. I examined the area where I began harvesting. In the picture below, you can see the small area is all I could harvest by the root before I had to return home.
At the place I started working I found a cluster of these.
They appear to be a thistle of some sort and I perhaps I had a reaction to it.
It would make sense as having a wasp or hornet crawling on me at 45F (7C) is pretty unlikely.
I did a little research and the thistles may just look scary.
The live plant next to the thistle may be a nettle. Here is a Boston Globe Article about stinging nettles.
The leaves of the nearby plant are earily similar and the instantaneous painful results are similar to this YouTube Stunt as well. As I go about fully clothed all the time, I may never have encountered these all my life walking through them.
Scientific method would require me to replicate the exposure, but I will make assumtions for now.
Thank you Petra!