Sigh. For the second time since I’ve owned it the Acer that I am desperately trying to retire but having trouble not only with it but the NEW Asus whose touchpad isn’t working right, soooo.
Anyhow, the Acer started its “plugged in, not charging” routine and I spent most of the morning trying to figure that out. Important cause I have lots of files to transfer.
Disgusted, I just threw it in a corner and, of course, it started charging. That was this morning and I’m leaving it along hoping it charges fully to give me enough time to transfer all.
Anyhow, back to the refreshingly simple world of flowers. Autumn colors coming on and first among them is coralberry. I know of only one stand of them so I guard the location, but they are beauties.
Here’s the introduction to a piece I wrote on late fall/winter colors:
“Always maintain a kind of summer even in the middle of winter,” Henry David Thoreau said, and there are some local plants that are happy to oblige, by brightening the monochromatic landscape of winter with their brilliant color and finery. Here’s a look at a few.
CORAL BERRY: Also known as Indian Currant, this beauty turns brilliant red when other plants are losing their leaves, and it brightens the understory with its cluster of pinkish purple fruit all winter long. Cut branches make wonderful displays in the house during winter.
The berries are eaten primarily by overwintering robins and it is a favorite food plant of white-tailed deer.
And as every wild plant I’ve ever run across, it has medicinal uses. A decoction (boiling in water to extract the flavor or active component) of the inner bark or leaves has been used as a wash in the treatment of weak, inflamed or sore eyes. A cold decoction of the root bark has been used as an eye wash to treat sore eyes.
Coral berry can be grown as a hedge or informal screen. It is very tolerant of trimming. Plants have an extensive root system and, since they also sucker freely, they can be used for soil stabilization.