Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Look But Don't Eat!!!!


The collage below is made up of photos I took of our 'Physalis alkekengi'
which is spreading like crazy on the south side of our house.

It is, of course, commonly known as 'Chinese Jack-O-Lantern' (click here).
 I was just showing off with its proper name!

Since it is part of the 'deadly nightshade' family, 
it is poisonous. So, no matter how delicious these look, 
don't eat them!!

Halloween must be right around the corner.


26 comments:

  1. Beautiful shades, I have not seen one here in NZ with that deep colour, mostly golden or orange, and the red here is paler from what I remember. Hope the Merino underwear is keeping you warm!!! Cheers from Jean

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    1. Interesting Jean, maybe due to the fact that the sun is 'hotter' there and yu get more of it than we do.....like a bleaching effect?
      Great underwear and thanks for asking!!!lol

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  2. Love the collage!

    We used to have them growing in Murray's grandparents garden years ago!

    Must look at planting some again!

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    1. They aren't as popular as they used to be probably because of their habit to 'take over'! I remember them as a kid in neighbouring gardens too. Make sure Clive doesn't eat any as they could make him very sick.

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  3. So pretty Jim! Love your mosaic of Autumn color. xo

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    1. Thanks Nancy. These do mean Halloween around here!

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  4. I must plant those next year...I love them. Do they keep for a while once cut? Can you dry them out?

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    1. Hi Chania, these last for a long time and well into the next season. These were dried for over a week.....hung upsidedown in an airy room.

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    1. Thank you Pat. They brighten up any area that needs it.

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  6. I have always, always, ALWAYS loved Chinese lanterns! When I was a kid, a friend's Mom had a whole bunch dried in a vase -- so delicate and papery. They seemed SO elegant to me. But I've never actually seen the plant growing in the ground. Perhaps they don't grow well on the prairies?

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    1. I am not sure if they could survive the extremes there but wait, I remember reading yesterday that they are tolerant to zone 3 and that would cover the prairies.
      I like them too, they seem to have a mind of their own with their irregularity, if you know what I mean.

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  7. Beautiful often comes deadly...

    Love the collage!

    BTW, thinking of you (w/out a fridge)

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    1. There you go Sharon!! An opening for your next story!!!

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  8. Bought a few potted plants at the local grocery store and they lasted for one year, but didn`t know they were poisonous, just like lilies I presume, so what ever is beautiful could be bad too.......Hope the fridge comes soon, and Fall is longer a season in the East......enjoy !!|

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    1. Yes, watch out for the beautiful things in life!!! You just never know! lol

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  9. OMG! I have had the yellow Chinese Lantern up until this year. It didn't survive last winter and I don't know why. The orange is beautiful! Mine was spring blooming though. :)

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    1. These orange 'pods' are seed carriers, the bloom is a white flower that we have in early summer.

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  10. Hi Jim,
    They are so beautiful and the collage pretty too. I want some! I will see if they grow here. Really love the drama they add to your home.
    Ivan

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    1. Oh yes, the drama! We need a little more of that here!
      I would think these would grow in Normandy, Ivan. They are very tolerant.

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  11. It's sure is a beauty. I guess that would never grow in the south huh?

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    1. I think it could Jen as long as it didn't get fried in the sun all day.

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  12. Ooo, so pretty, and perfect for this time of year.

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