Summer and Smoke

Starring Cotinus ‘Grace.’


Here glimpsed through a frame of chains (This Year’s Folly).


A confusion of smoke trees. The tropical Euphorbia cotinifolia is in the foreground, just now leafing out in June, a self-sown seedling from previous E. cotinifolias. Multi-stems give this very brittle, fast-growing tree strength to withstand strong winds, not a concern in colder zones, where it’s grown seasonally for summer containers. Grace, no slouch herself in the fast-growing department, smokes in the background, oblivious to the vicissitudes of trees from the tropics.

All photos except the chains by MB Maher.

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