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no guacamole

i might just sleep tonight instead of toss and turn.  and dream of carnation poppies and a daylily or two.  the carnation poppies bloom for a day or two.  and when they are ready to be done, when a butterfly lands on a flower at the other end of the garden, when the slightest of breeze thinks about beginning well the petals drop like red snow.



less and more

daylilies are subject to change.  or spontaneity.  or maybe whim is the better word.  most days you get same same.  some days less.  and some days more.  these two plants did the less and more today.  the lighter one had half a petal.  it kinda folded the other part into the midrib.  the darker flower had three blooms today.  and each bloom had a little extra tissue.  mostly it was extra tissue growing right up the stamen and looking like an extra petal.  giving the flowers  a total of 7 petals instead of the usual 6.  one of them had a tiny flag of tissue growing right at the tip of the stamen.  you can see the pollen capsule in the first extra petal.  and only 5 stamen in each of the flowers.  and tomorrow it will be like nothing unusual happened.  everything will be perfectly normal.  no radiation.  no disease.  just whim.

a little the same

and so summer unfolds.  each year it is a little the same.  and each year it is a little different.  some plants arrive on schedule and bloom at their appointed time and size.  and each year some plants do something a little different.  shorter, taller, bigger, and smaller they change the game.  and some plants get crowded by their neighbors and bloom not at all, dwindling waiting to be rescued.  the lates are coming into bloom now.  some are just sending up flower scapes.  and the rhythm of summer is maintained.



it is obvious that someone is being held against their will on an extraterrestrial spaceship.  what no daylily ! ? !   spring flowers, spring flowers, and more spring flowers !  and an old time daffodil with green and yellow petals.  quick get out the said-a-gives !  six images…

hiring gandalf

i wonder if it is possible to hire gandalf to stand on the bridge of springtime and holler at winter – you shall not pass !  at this point it might be worth a try.  six images…

Malmaison Plum

bugs, buds, and woods

besides being slightly over focused on daylilies i can sometimes fall prey to other interests.  the shape and color of other flowers are not all together lost on me.  and i do occasionally get out of my garden.  the woods is a completely acceptable alternative.  not only are there all kinds of trees.  and things growing and moving in the understory.  when you get right down to the ground there are mosses and lichen.  and though the pipes look like post industrial lichen they are actually the start of the reproductive process.  six images…

14-115 10-045 Talon x Give Me Eight) x Skinwalker

14-150 12-0702-001 Lola Branham x Gail Braunstein 12-0619-004 black plush x trahlyta) x Wind Frills sib to Eyed seedling


worrying about wait

not.  people worry about weight for all kinds of reasons.  they can be anywhere from anorexic to morbidly obese and that includes all of the inbetweens.  and that is okay.  weight is something to reasonably worry about.  at the end of winter other people worry about wait.  wait for spring to come.  that is a wait that must be endured.  i can hear the voice of those little kids in the back of the car – are we there yet !  except in this case the voices are often adults.  are we there yet !  what more snow !  another grey day !  yup to all of the above.  i guess that is the reason why we are actually so happy when spring does finally arrive.  six images from last summer.  concentrate on the images.  don’t say a word about wait…

11-069 Gift Tie x Prague Spring) x Orchid Lady Slipper

14-077C12-0724-002 Flying Carpet x Pygmy Pirate) x Heavenly Fire Arrow) x 12-0708-001 Embassy x 12-0708-001 Embassy x B-110-2 ( Sib white spdr

14-093 Crimson Sky x Crack Of Dawn

16-0629-001 purple dip ufo


after rain comes snow

it must be march.  tonight it is all white outside.  the crocus have done this before.  gardeners have done this before.  how long will this snow stay ?  six images…