Why is this Dandelion coming out in November?

Leave a comment

The term Dandelion is taken from the French “dent-de-lion”, which means “lion’s tooth”, because of the jagged edges of the leaves. An English folk name for this plant is “piss-a-bed” , because of the strong diuretic effect of it’s roots. The Brits are very subtle. Anyway, I thought this was a Spring and Summer weed here.

Buffalobur (Solanum rostratum)…

1 Comment

You really wouldn’t want to carry a pocketful of these.

A nice collection of fungus…

2 Comments

Chicory (Cichorium intybus)…

Leave a comment

Common chicory is also known as blue sailorssuccory, and coffeeweed. I found this growing in the lake area.

Hoya carnosa…

Leave a comment

Also known as waxplant, waxvine, waxflower or simply hoya. For whatever reason, the last time this particular plant had a flower on it was in the 1980’s. Connie has been waiting patiently for this day. I wonder if it is the extremely hot summer that spurred it on. The blooms have a very strong pleasing fragrance.

Little Bit O’ Fall…

Leave a comment

Wavyleaf thistle (Cirsium undulatum)…

Leave a comment

Balloon Vine (Cardiospermum halicacabum)…

1 Comment

Also called Love in a Puff, because of the white heart shaped mark on the black seeds. The pods are mostly air, and give a satisfying pop when squeezed. Found growing along creek beds.

Petunia…

Leave a comment

Oddly, the petunia is closely related to tobacco and tomato plants.

 

Red Spider Lily (Lycoris radiata)…

Leave a comment

Mr. Don Hutton pointed me to this bloom behind the golf course clubhouse. The bulb must have been planted many years ago by someone who once owned a house there. This lily variety originated in China and is only propagated here by bulbs. The flowers pop up suddenly in late September or early October. The bulbs are deadly poisonous if ingested, and these flowers are widely associated with death in Japan and China (often used in funerals).

Older Entries Newer Entries