After a long, hot, dry summer in other parts of the country -- the American Southeast for example -- fall rains usher in an interesting plethora of pretty flowering plants -- rain lilies, oxblood lilies and so-called "naked ladies."
What arises here in the PNW after our first fall rains?
After our recent storm, two of these warty-looking clusters have appeared in one of my beds.
And a handful of these.
Here's an interesting-looking one. There's a couple of clusters of this as well.
And these little puffballs in the lawn, looking very much like what you might find on a real naked lady.
I tried planting oxblood lilies here my first year. I put the bulbs in the ground, and they disappeared without a trace -- no spring foliage, no early fall flowers, nada.
I guess I'll just have to be content with fungi. They can keep Nigel company -- he's a fun guy too.