I am not done inventory-ing; I got distracted. Colorful leaves, the shimmering light on grasses, mushrooms and green moss, clubmosses, red berries, the blue- crisp sky…you’ll understand what I mean.
Lindera benzoin (the Spicebush, wild allspice). It is sometimes called ‘forsythia of the wilds’ because of its early spring yellow flowering which give a yellow tinge to the woods. The leaves are aromatic and in the fall turn a most beautiful golden colour. The fruits are also aromatic and highly appreciated by birds. Fruits and foliage were used to prepare tea (leaves and twigs), and the fleshy part of the fruits was chopped and utilized as an allspice (hence the name).
Mountain-mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum) fruit heads and Schizachyrium scoparium
And, even if not great looking at this time of year, what an exciting find – Prosartes lanuginosa! Yellow fairybells/mandarin, the only Prosartes species (formerly Disporum) which can be found growing wild in Ontario (rare).
And I’ll end the post the same it begun, with mushrooms, and a giant one, no less :)