foliage follow-up…and a confession

foggy scene

The season may be winding down, but that last act is a doozy. My crape myrtle has never bloomed, but who cares. The foggy mornings set it off to nice effect, don’t you think?

spider web

The spiders are in cahoots, spinning webs that catch the raindrops to bespangle the spaces between shrubs. A faceful of silken strands awaits the incautious rambler.

Euphorbia wulfenii

Sporting raindrops as jewelry is a specialty of Euphorbia wulfenii. Mine looked so ratty last spring than I was tempted to dig them out. Fortunately, I took the lazy way and cut them back hard. They rebounded marvelously.

Macleaya cordata plumes

Spent plumes of Macleaya cordata do a good job with the raindrop thing too…one way I rationalize postponing garden cleanup until spring.

tree peony and dogwood

Many of the showy trees and shrubs have flamed out already, but various Cornus species, like the one on the right are still working up to it, as is the tree peony in the center distance.

Poncirus trifoliata ‘Flying Dragon’

Poncirus trifoliata ‘Flying Dragon’ is at its very best when the twisted, thorny branches are completely bare, but this stage, with the luminous, inedible fruit, is not bad either.

Ficus carica ‘Negronne’

I look forward to one day enjoying an abundance of figs. That little one you see clinging to the branch is one of only three, and it is far from maturing before frost. Last year we had one…my half was delicious. To compensate, the design of the leaves is exquisite, and they turn this buttery yellow before they fall.

Lysimachia clethroides

This one is a mystery. In that whole patch of green gooseneck loosestrife only the one stem turned orange and scarlet. What’s up with that?

Heuchera ‘Sashay’

Heuachera ‘Sashay’ maintains its perky personality through it all. I love the way the pink undersides of the leaves peek out around the frilly edges.

unmown grass

And finally, this patch of grass out back has escaped mowing because it has been too wet. It is ankle deep and swirls in undulating patterns. I do love the rain. If, like me, you just can’t get enough of fall foliage, let Pam show you hers and guide you to more.

I said I had a confession to make, and I do. Everyone was so complimentary about my mushroom bravery, and supportive, too. Well, I had no ill effects from the bits I did eat, but R nixed the meal. Lest you think he was being overbearing, let me explain. A couple of weeks ago, he discovered a swath of mushrooms in a part of our yard. There followed a quest that included poring through the illustrated mushroom guide (inconclusive)
and visiting several farmers’ markets. The mushroom stand guy called his dad (the expert) and described these fungi in detail. The verdict: Black Trumpet, one of the most delectable varieties. When we checked this info aqainst photos, these were definitely not the same. At another farmers’ market, a Croation woman said that she knew mushrooms, and these were definitely edible, though she could not name them. We had a small amount as a side dish. They were good, but not exceptional…certainly nothing to risk one’s health for the privilege of eating.
R is nothing if not persistent, so back he went to the People’s market in SE Portland, where the mushroom vendor seemed to know his stuff. He had a story about a guy who had liked this particular mushroom so much that he ate quantities of it (our field was awash in them). His outcome was not digestive problems, or death, but liver failure. Sooo…much as I longed to cook up my cache, and much as I doubted that anything so subtly delectable could harbor a dark side, I yielded to the more prudent approach. Just this morning I was doing a little more research and discovered that last Sunday there was a free event to hike the trails at Tryon Creek State Park to search for mushrooms, with an expert on hand for identification. I will be on the lookout for more such events. Here is a web site with some good information…and hey, guys, I’m sorry to disappoint you with my less swashbuckling ways…but, well, I’m sure you understand.

11 thoughts on “foliage follow-up…and a confession

  1. I think we all would rather have you alive and well, with a fully functioning liver! And thank you for allowing me to feel not quite so “chicken” that I buy my mushrooms from the professionals.

    As for the real subject of your post…wow! You’ve got a lot of fabulous foliage, I especially like the shot of the Poncirus trifoliata and the background. It looks like you live in a beautiful estate garden!

  2. Confessing is brave, too. I agree with Loree: Health before gustatory adventures, eh?

    Your misty, moisty shots look so appealingly Northwest it *almost* makes me want to be here now. I didn’t realize the Poncirus trifoliata could be in the ground (as it appears yours is.) You may have convinced me to try one next summer.

  3. That euphorbia is sooo beautiful. I’m glad a hard cut-back is all it needed to regain its glory. Everything looks soft and lush at the end of your summer. Enjoy that rain for us Texans! And thanks again for participating in Foliage Follow-Up.

  4. Loree~The wonders of photography and a little soft focus, aided by fog.

    Jane~I think you are safe trying ‘Flying Dragon’ (as long as you don’t get too close to those thorns). It IS called a hardy orange.

    Pam~I do think about your Texas heat whenever the rain threatens to get me down.

  5. I had to google the Poncirus, didn’t know what it was. Japanese bitter orange. Might be looking out for that ,viscous thorns and all.
    You came to mind today, I was listening to BBC radio 3 program Composer of week , which was about BEBOP ! have a listen

  6. Ricki, I have two crape myrtle’s and neither bloomed this year. It isn’t until the fall that I have your attitude about them. IMHO, the mix of fall color is unrivaled by most plants.

  7. Debbie~So…they usually bloom, but not this year? I thought it was more of a maturing thing. I don’t really miond, but the ‘Arapaho’, with re blossoms might be a different story.

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