Bush Hemp - Boehmeria platanifolia
Wordless Wednesday - September 12, 2012

Pop Ups

DSC_0018The garden is a constant source of surprise. Even when you remember planting an ephemeral it is always a treat to see color where there seemingly was none just a day before. Colchicum fits the bill for this surprise as do the rain lilies which have yet to appear in my garden this season. This colchicum came to me from Kathy of Cold Climate Gardening. Gardeners are always generous. I think of Kathy every time it blooms and is there a more pleasant memory of a person than that which comes from kindness and generosity?  DSC_0004-001Mushrooms also sprout up overnight heaving their shoulders through seemingly impervious driveway gravel as well as shifting upward from the soft pine mulch. This orange mushroom is a member of the Boletus genus, I think. I am no mushroom expert and I would never eat any of those that grow in and about the garden. DSC_0021Mushrooms may contain the perfect poison. Eating a poisonous mushroom can result in a lingering death. It can take up to ten days for symptoms of mushroom poisoning to ensue. Symptoms include: nausea, sweating, diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting and hallucinations.  Not a pleasant way to go. I will restrict my mushroom intake to those on the shelves of the grocery store. Still, I wish I could identify at least a few. Perhaps a mushroom ID course is in order. Are any of you experts? For now, I will just enjoy these 'here today, gone tomorrow' garden treasures.