This is my husband.... trying to beat the rain.
The posts are from the old barn, which had a tree crash through it in the last big storm. As they are well over 100 years old (actually over 150), time has left them a bit twisted. The area is sloped, so what you can't see is that it is excavated. Meanwhile he is battling the best he can to plumb up the posts and get the concrete in before it rains tomorrow. It is threatening to rain right now, but so far so good..
See that tall spracky plant with yellow flowers? Here's another picture of it.. wild parsnip.
Wild parsnip, poison parsnip.. it has a lot of nicknames, but it is regular old parsnips that escaped cultivation. You do NOT want to get the sap from this on your skin. The sap reacts to sunlight and the results are chemical burns (phytophotodermatitis). The burns turn into massive blisters. I've been nailed by jellyfish before, and while that does send up impressive blisters.. parsnip takes the cake.
They are flowering right now (obviously) and in about a month or so the seeds should be ready to collect. Oh yes.. I will be collecting them. Parsnip seed is notoriously short lived so getting the most fresh seed is important if you like them as much as I do.
Parsnip is one that needs it's own patch.. away from kids and critters that might mistakenly mess around with it. The first year or two it makes a rosette, and when the time is right it blooms. It has the best flavor after extended exposure to a freeze. One to harvest in the winter or spring.. the root converts starch to sugar. Make sure you are wearing long sleeves, pants, and gloves. The roots are fine, but the plant (stems, leaves, flowers).. that's the risky part.
Now here's to hoping the rain holds out just a little while longer....