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or shouldn’t.  did you ever do something that makes someone else ask why ?  scratch their head in wonder or dismay ?  well this is one of those crosses.  Nutmeg Elf is a small solid yellow flower.  Blue Lustre is larger purple full form flower.  and Radiation Biohazard is a big open star form.  put them all together in one cross and what do you get ?   Nutmeg Elf x(Blue Lustre x Radiation Biohazard.  something fairly different.  still a smallish flower.  three images…

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road lily

a k a ditch lily.  a k a kwanso.   a roadside daylily with double flowers.   also a daylily that my neighbors have that keeps trying to grow into my daylilies.  lets just say messy and aggravating.  and like the flower a couple of days back the inner layer of petals often have a stamen attached because they are petaloids.  that is not true petals.  and they have the red eye zone next to the yellow throat.  and they have that odd number of chromosomes, three sets, thirty three chromosomes to keep things mostly sterile.  just don’t plant them next to a treasured plant.  because they are liable to grow up, over, and through said favored plant.  this plant sends out runners.  next to the road or by itself it is okay.  oh and most plants – given the right environment would do the same thing to the competition.

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the care free garden

i do not want one.  a care free garden that is.  i am beginning to think it is nearly impossible.  the garden should be a place where we can go to forget about problems.  there is no garden big enough to cause problems to be released.  when half a world away more than 100 children are killed the cares are too loud to silence.  there is no room for the hate that has harmed these children.  there is only room for prayer for the families that have been hurt.  prayer to walk away from hate.  start the prayer…

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was that flower seen twice ?

ah confusion reigns.  or at least small drops of chaos.  has this flower been to the web ?  was there a name or number on it ?   will anyone remember ?  well anyone besides this forgetful person.  enough of doubt.  could it possibly be too soon for its first appearance or its second ?  say yellow and let the other details fall where they may…  two images

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Charlotte’s brood

the hose caddy was a nursery.  most of the nursery was moved to the Canadian Hemlock tree  and the hose caddy has made its crumbling way to the trash heap.  of course it was quite a pleasant surprise to find Charlotte’s brood there on the handle of the hose caddy.  i have no idea what variety arachnid Charlotte was.  you can make your best guess from the image what her brood will become.   i am not an arachnid expert.  other than knowing that they are welcome and most definitely belong in the garden.  we are about two miles south of lake Erie.  that means there are an abundance of insects that live around the lake.  and unlike the deer there are an abundance of predators to feast on this bounty.  arachnids, odonates, chiroptera, and avians the list goes on and on.  this morning i saw a very slow predator in the garden.   a leopard, just not the kind you might suppose.  it is a limax maximus.  all part of the garden.  a healthy garden.  my kinda garden.  so without further ado Charlotte’s brood.  i hope to see a few of them later in the season.  and if they should make you cringe remember they are a part of the package.  so just take a step back and enjoy them from a safe distance.  and if you find yourself thinking this list is harmful please take a moment and take a careful look at the alternatives.  and reconsider…

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bronze in the garden.  iris may burn quick in the garden.  this one glows brilliantly as it goes.  the texture of this flower is just incredible.  it is the answer to a most unusual question… ‘who would buy a brown flower ?’   having seen this flower the answer becomes obvious.   i believe the word is enjoy !

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a mohawk and a tatoo in the garden

i look at this flower and one of the things i see is a two tone mohawk and a tattoo.  and part of me says don’t go there.  another part of me looks at the observation and says perhaps this is a part of the function of gardens.  they can serve as a reminder that diversity and change are important.  and  that cookie cutter familiarity is not only boring, it does not meet every need.  if that answer does not sit well take a good long look at mother nature and see if her answer does not include diversity and change.

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big yellow flowers

and like the song, we don’t know what we got till its gone.  today is a day for prayers.  both for the blessings and for relief from the plagues.  the blessings for the rebirth of spring, for spiritual redemption and renewal across many cultures and faiths.  it is a time of observance at so many levels.  and at the same time it is a time of plague.  slavery still exists, whether at sea on fishing vessels or working at minimum wage jobs where companies are not satisfied with profits and engage in wage theft.  or where other companies think nothing of jumping from one city, state, country, or to another corner of the globe leaving economic devastation in their wake and abandoning the employees and communities that were often called their greatest asset.  at least until those few extra pennies changed the score.  the plague of countries that claim to have immigration policies that are in fact tired old laws that do not work.  and both sides the countries of the emigres and immigrants are content to let the conditions political, financial,  and religious that drive this suffering continue.  or the plague depleting the latest  fisheries in the hope a new one will be found when the old one crashes.  just because the sight of empty fishing boats is not as horrific a sight as the genocide of the buffalo hunts.  the carnage that takes place beneath the waves is no less obscene.   and the plague of our indifference to the assaults we make on climate.  we have no care for the number of rivers we drain before they reach the sea.  nor the number of cities we push to the brink of uninhabitable because of carbon pollution.  nor do we worry the science of both glaciers and drought.  we know that once great portions of the earth were covered with ice and at other times arid regions were so dry that all life fled.  abandoned cliff dwellings and the land that was once a great forest and is now the Sahara desert stand testament to this.  what we do not know is far reaching effects on the surrounding lands and cultures nor the time periods of the arid cycles.  the recent terrible droughts of the southern portion of north america hint at the possibilities of what might have happened.  and time and weather have reclaimed the devastation.  all except for the cliff dwellings.  what vanity makes us think it might never happen again ?  and lastly the plague of hate where one person’s gender and another person’s culture, religion, nationality, race, culture, or sexual orientation is beaten down.  and the actions that follow this hate take away any claim to moral ground.  they are simply nothing more than murder, rape and other vile crimes against our fellow humans.  there are many plagues.  there are many blessings of progress and hope.  so while the particular day is perhaps not unique in our need for prayer, to give thanks for blessings, hope,  progress, and human kindness.  and prayer to be freed from hate, greed, and ignorance.  pray that we do not forget what we have that is good before it is gone.  and pray that we set aside what is hate before it grows.

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the growing of seedlings can be many things.  one of those things can be to seek.  seek beauty.  seek new.  seek unusual.  seek to learn.  learn the nature of the plant.  some days a plant of differences is found.  and the difference in itself may be obvious.  what to do with that difference may not be so obvious.  does it have a use ?  is it enjoyable ?  or does it leave us puzzled ?  then there are other days where the flower looks simple.  it resembles so many others.  it seems common without any particular interest.  is it common ?  or does it require more study ?  do i need to sharpen my seeking ?  or perhaps zen my seeking ?  look, enjoy, and do not be afraid to seek.  it is only change.  something we do most every day.

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