Fall interlude

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.


Sassafras albidum – a ‘cool’ small tree with leaves in many shapes! All parts of the plant are spicy and aromatic.

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).


Prosartes lanuginosa

And I’ll end the post the same it begun, with mushrooms, and a giant one, no less :)


Calvatia gigantea – Giant puffball


Test –Viola nephrophylla

A test post to see if the subscribers notification glitch, kindly ‘provided’ by the last Jetpack update has been fixed.

Yesterday, I found the little, large flowered Viola nephrophylla flowering – autumn denial or maybe just a test as well?


Viola nephrophylla – Northern bog violet

This North American Viola, commonly called Northern bog violet, not only that is very easy to grow but also adapts splendid to garden cultivation, in a moist place; you don’t really need to have a bog.