“Beans, Boots & Mullein”

by ESP on September 28, 2014 · 6 comments


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


No idea where that analogy came from.



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.


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.


‘Smokin’ hot boots’!

Staying with bowls and beans for a moment:


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

Cyathus striatus



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).


I did notice some subtle differences in the eggs.


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


Moving humbly Along:


Pyracantha berries are ripening up for Halloween.


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

Here is a silvery pairing that works really well:


Whales tongue agave and thunder cloud sage,

Leucophyllum candidum



Inland sea oats are now wearing their fall coats.



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


panning back a little:


 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.


Whatever you do do not fall asleep…


…on my garden bench.



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



Some great Japanese Aralia on Trinity.


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


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

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“Under the Knife


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1 Pam/Digging September 28, 2014 at 8:26 pm

The youngest Hobbit is quickly catching up to the elder in size, isn’t he? Really, they aren’t little Hobbits so much anymore.

You have that right Pam…he is more like an Orc at this point!

2 Kate S. September 29, 2014 at 7:50 am

Ah, thank you for identifying the birds’ nest fungi for me! I had been wondering what I’d been seeing. I have a question for you: what do you do about mosquitoes in the Patch? I’m in way South Austin and In my 8 years of living here, I have never had such a problem as I do now, and can’t get any work done in the garden or get my kids out there. I’ve always maintained good ‘mosquito hygiene’, keeping my yard free of breeding grounds, etc, but the creek nearby has had standing water since we received 12″ in 3 days a couple weeks ago. Any advice?

And a great little fungi it is Kate (if you like fungi), there is a whole other miniature world going on when you get in close.
This year has been bad for the mosquitos, I have tried many solutions over the years, mosquito magnets, multitudes of sprays, lemon grass, mosquito dunks (that I always have on hand), citronella etc. Combinations of the above help keep numbers down but still I am swiping at them…roll on the cooler weather.

3 Kate S. September 29, 2014 at 7:52 am

Oh, and: “…disapproving downward glances from the flamboyant mustache brigade…” <— Hahahaha!

4 TexasDeb September 29, 2014 at 10:48 am

We have a tendency to hang on to well worn footwear around here. Once a work shoe has proven its reliability and conformed to our feet both? It is used again and again until and unless it loses its integrity altogether. And yes, that would be AFTER various wonderglues have been brought into the service of holding it together “just a little longer”. But what, no fancy laces?

I have an annoying habit of filling up my boots with copious amounts of decomposed granite so I prefer slip-ons over laces TD. It is funny the lengths we go to to squeeze as much life out of that ‘special’ pair of work boots.
I find duct tape to be useful medium for the autumn years.

5 Bob October 7, 2014 at 7:10 pm

The moustache brigade? Probably little yuppie moustaches.

For mosquitos, I’ve found it best to stand close to a yankee or some one from Europe. The blood suckers much prefer their thinner, cold weather skin.

Have you heard about the new tick bourne disease that makes you allergic to meat? If I get that, I might as well just die.

6 ESP November 4, 2014 at 1:52 pm

You would be surprised at the flamboyancy of the local hipster tashes around here Bob, they usually have a double-latte tide-line and an electronic cigarette sticking out the side of them :-)

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