A Photo Blog

No blog today. Do you ever come to a project you are responsible for and just say: Not today! I won’t do it! I wonder how, in my advanced state of years, I could be five-years-old again, in full pouting mode.

So today, it’s photos. Principally it’s the garden and wildlife–some of it tamed and some of it truly wild.

Fall crocus. I wonder if there’s enough saffron there for curry.

Bob. He supports the Sierra Club, particularly their efforts to preserve salmon habitat

Heuchera getting showy about autumn

New curtains, new lighting, old dog

Three members of the Tom Turkey Gang

More garden wildlife

Can’t get enough of the crocus. Especially when accompanied with mushrooms

Hydrangea looking fall-ish














And Bob, with Betty, his sister.



About Jill Zeller

Author of numerous novels and short stories, Jill Zeller is a Left Coast writer, 2nd generation Californian, retired registered nurse, and obsessed gardener. She lives in Oregon with her patient husband, 2 silly English mastiffs and 2 rescue cats—the silliest of all. Her works explore the boundaries of reality. Some may call it fantasy, but there are rarely swords and never elves. More to the point, she prefers to write as if myth, imagination and hallucination are as real as the chair she is sitting on as she writes this. Jill Zeller also writes under the pseudonym Hunter Morrison


A Photo Blog — 8 Comments

  1. Autumn crocus are wonderful. And Colchicum. I have both single and double white Colchicum in my garden and space out over them every year.
    Used to have white saffron crocus but the chipmunks got them this year. – Supposedly the white saffrons grew at Delphi and were sacred to the oracle there.

  2. I don’t think those are saffron crocuses, the ‘stems’ of the stamens are not orange as they are with saffron crocuses. Please, please check before eating!

  3. Colchicum autumn crocus is poisonous, from what I’ve been told – if those autumn crocusses make really big leaves after the flowers are gone, don’t eat them! And please don’t let the dog or cat nibble them either.
    The real crocusses tend to have some of their narrow grass-like leaves showing together with the flowers, so these look like Colchicum to me.

    And yes, I recognise the feeling of obstreperousness, not wanting to do anything that is on the “have to”, “must” or “should” list. The job is still the job, but I’ve been letting myself, the house and garden go and just read simple and relaxing books or taken naps or whatever I feel like.
    I’m trying to move taking a walk out of the “you have to exercise daily because of working from home” box in my mind into the “you know you enjoy looking at other people’s gardens when the sun is shining for a bit” label, as I noticed after a while that I’ve dropped it like a hot potato when it shifted categories.
    I don’t know why, but it’s running into a very obvious mental wall of “won’t!” even though I know it’s something I need and like. An obstreperous five year old, indeed.

  4. Yes Colchicum is actually the (original) source for the drug Colchicine which is one of the first medications for gout.
    The toxicity does mean that the squirrels, chipmunks and voles are less likely to sample them.
    In my garden the saffron crocus are one of the later bloomers – and much later than the colchicum.