Friday, September 17, 2010


It's fall in the mountains......the landscape is changing........the low foliage is dying back yet the land remains beautiful with its new colors.

Some of these plants have really inspired me.......and will be the subject of new projects I'm planning to tackle very soon. First, I have two teaching trips in the next two I need to be patient for a bit longer. Thank you all for hanging in here with me.....despite such pitifully few posts about stitching!

I'm afraid I'm fairly ignorant about most of these unfamiliar plants.......and I'm struck by their simple beauty.......

I must comment about this one.......what the heck is it? Seriously, the leaves are at least 15"-20" in diameter. It appears tropical, due to its size; yet it's growing at about 4,000 feet elevation. It seems like one day it wasn't there, the next it was.

Update.....I must confess, I did know the Pokeweed plant......folks tell us that it's poisionous to mammals but does not adversely affect birds when eating the berries. Thank you Wendy for the info!!


Wendy said...

The second pic, with the dark berries, i believe is Pokeberry, and when it's ripe you can use it to dye fibers! Google it!

Wendy said...

Oh! And i'm not sure 'cause it's taken from kinda far away, but i *believe* that orange one in the first pic is Jewelweed (or that's what my brother-in-law calls it), and he says you boil the flowers in water and can use it to free you from the itch and pain of poison ivy. He freezes it in ice cube trays so he can use it no matter what time of year.

The huge-leaf one, though? I have no idea. Sorry.