“Beans, Boots & Mullein”

by ESP on September 28, 2014

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I usually go through work boots as fast as cowboys-of-old would have gone through beans and mullein.

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No idea where that analogy came from.

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Most disintegrate within a year but these Timberlands just keep on going like stinky protective slippers.

This is year three and I must say, apart from some disapproving downward glances from the flamboyant mustache brigade in my local Quickie Pickie they are holding up ‘relatively’ well.

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With the leather long-worn from the toe (exposing bone), the boots pair remarkably well with a disheveled iced turban on a hot work day.

I refer to them as having ‘character’…you know…soul

(oh dear).

Smoking-GunBut the best thing about these old boots is the fine particles of decomposed granite that now waft out of the prow when feet are inserted.

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‘Smokin’ hot boots’!

Staying with bowls and beans for a moment:

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The recent rains have grown a dense mat of these “birds nest fungi”,

Cyathus striatus

 

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The nest acts as a splash cup…when raindrops hit the nest, the eggs are splashed out at a distance. If they land on a suitable medium they will grow into new fruiting bodies. These fungi usually grow on wood and mulch and are common in the fall months, (very hard to spot though).

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I did notice some subtle differences in the eggs.

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Okay, perhaps the reptile guarding this gold was a little more…

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Moving humbly Along:

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Pyracantha berries are ripening up for Halloween.

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“Yes but let me see you get a candle in there.”

Here is a silvery pairing that works really well:

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Whales tongue agave and thunder cloud sage,

Leucophyllum candidum

 

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Inland sea oats are now wearing their fall coats.

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These decorated plants transform so much throughout the year you can guess the month by looking at them.

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panning back a little:

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 Mexican firebush,

Hamelia patens

 

also starts to bloom this time of the year. This plant dies to the ground in the winter but quickly gets to 5ft by fall.

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Whatever you do do not fall asleep…

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…on my garden bench.

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This evergreen wisteria would envelop you overnight…there is a reason we no longer sit on this garden feature.

Finally:

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Some great Japanese Aralia on Trinity.

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First blooms from duranta ‘sapphire showers’ (Picotee Sky Flower)

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Bambusa multiplex ‘Fernleaf’ (one of my favorite Clumpers along with alphonse karr).

Stay Tuned For:

“Under the Knife

 

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