Black Flower Round up

Black Flower Round up

Just another warm sunny October day here in Portland. The usual.

When I travel, I always meet people who say “Portland? It must rain all the time.” Or my favorite, “You probably get snow year round.” I wish.

I’m soooooo tired of watering plants. Maybe later this week the skies will finally open and give us a break.

It’s not quite time for sweaters and boots and blankets and hot drinks by fires, which is when I really start getting in the mood for Halloween. But that’ll roll around soon enough.

In the meantime, how about some black flower ogling to get in the mood for spooky times? (more…)

on conflating plant names

on conflating plant names

Do you ever get a wrong idea stuck in your head? For instance, I decided when I bought this plant that is was an Ernygium. Megan said, “this is a fabulus Acanthus. You should buy it.” Which, of course, I did with all due haste. Because my kids don’t ever steer me wrong. They know stuff, Megan and Elliot, the little upstarts. So, the label clearly stated Acanthus sennii, and I read “Acanthus.” But even then, my first thought was “Eryngium.” Now every time see it in the yard, same thing: Eryngium. Does anyone else do this, conflate plant names? It strikes me as a bit nutty. And I’m the one doing it. (Wonder if this inclination is confounded by my pesky 2-year-and-counting concussion? I’ll tell ya, concussions are good for nothin’!) (more…)