rock paper scissors

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 ?

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7 thoughts on “rock paper scissors

    1. John Hric Post author

      Dan – are you talking about the yellow daylily with the bricks in the background ? It is fully open. Or are you referring to the purple and white columbine above the yellow ? Either way I am glad you found something you enjoy.

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      1. John Hric Post author

        Getting back to the open close question – the columbine is fully open. When they are done after a few days the petals just drop.

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