Saturday, October 25, 2008

Autumn is about coloured leaves-- but the best ones aren't necessarily in trees!

Wow, it's been awhile since I posted anything here; it was one of those summers of whims and lack of get-to-it-ness.

Anyways, one frosty morn last week, while walking the dog, I was treated to a frost display that was fantastic. Of course, no camera, and by the time I could have gone back for it the frost would have been gone: sun was about to touch the plants. But this morning conditions aligned just right again, and this time I did take the camera, and so got these photos of Potentilla repens frost-touched and autumn-coloured.

This plant is a weedy thing around here, forming vast carpets by runnering (long ones), by seeding, by producing corms: programmed for survival. Flowers are dainty, mid-yellow, but sparse so it doesn't really make it as a garden groundcover. On a few open patches of the not-so-old logging road behind me where I walk with Gershwin (the dog) are a few large patches of it. The patches which are shaded from morning sun by the trees are nicely coloured in fall, but it takes a touch of the frost-brush to show them at their best. So here, unprocessed except for size reduction, are several pics of a lowly weed in stunning display.