Friday, June 4, 2010

Beauty in autumn

Cotinus - aka smoketree or smoke bush is a genus of two species of flowering plants in the family Anacardiaceae, closely related to the sumacs (Rhus).  It provides endless beauty as the leaves change color through the seasons.  Ours is a Cotinus coggygria.  This is autumn; mid-summer the leaves are deep deep purple.

This week's interest is dyeing with natural plants - I wonder what glory the cotinus might provide.

And - yet another gorgeous quince.

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