the gates of hell

the gates of hell
The Gates of Hell

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Aralia cachemirica

The color combination of these berries is so luscious! I hunted down this shrub after falling in love with it at the Bellevue Botanical Garden while it was in this stage. Now after one year in the ground, its already covered in berries, making me very happy. Just a twig last fall, and about 2' x 2' this year, so I expect it may take off next year. (Its not an easy plant to find, but Dancing Oaks has it.)

Monday, September 1, 2014


Actaea pachypoda in the devil garden, aka dolls eyes, aka white baneberry. Beautiful poisonous white berries with a black "pupil" on blood-red optic stalks. Very creepy to imagine the empty sockets these eyes left behind.