sometimes i think nature is a massive game of rock paper scissors. except in the case of nature it is more playing pieces. things like sunlight, temperature, elevation, adaption to heat, adaption to cold, and so on. trees tend to tower over other plants right up until they cannot. welcome to the tundra and the mountain tree line. watch the trees dwindle away and surrender their realm to the lowliest of plants. plants and animals seem so powerful and clever when they are in their niche. and so incredibly lost when the fall out of it. spring is moving north day by day. today the early species daylily opened up. the front porch faces south and the bricks create a micro-climate that hurries these plants along. the species will bloom for about two weeks. and then they will be done. how quickly the hybridized daylilies step into line and follow varies from year to year. sometimes they come right behind the species. sometimes they take another week to come into bloom. will it be rock, paper, or scissors this time ?