Day: June 29, 2015

An Early Summer Walk, Part I: Short Botanist, Tall Tales.

Against my better judgment, I have allowed myself to be dragged on yet another planty walk by Sigyn and the human female. If I trusted her to get my beloved home safely in one piece, I would gladly stay at home, but alas! I must go along to see that no harm befalls. She has a few of her botany-nerd friends along today as well. Their goal? To look at the early summer flowers and see what all the recent rain has accomplished. It is far too early in the morning to be so chipper. They are all busy pretending that it isn’t a million degrees out here already. And it is humid enough that I think I just saw a fish swim by at eye-level.

It is like taking a field trip in a crock-pot set on low….

Sigyn has found something. Show me, my sweet. Ah, trust you to zero in on the poofy things first! The human female says this is a small, herbaceous Acacia. Really? An Acacia? If that is the case, then where are the giraffes?


Ah ha. I thought so. She was wrong! Now she is saying that she was mistaken and it is a Desmanthus known as "I’ll-annoy Bundle-flower." Bundle of mis-information, more like.

Here is one I have not seen before. Something leguminous, by the look of it. Sigyn thinks it is a beautiful color, and I concur.


The human female has cast aspersions on its morals and announced it to be a "Whorey Pea."

That can’t be right.


Sigyn, what are you doing? Yes, I can see that you are hanging upside down on that electrically blue flower, but why? Oh. Well, if it can’t bear even your slight weight, let go and Loki will catch you. Ehehehehe: The human female is telling a story about how the plant got its name. (She is known to be fanciful and I do not believe it is true, but it is a good story.) She says that the flower has two large blue petals and one very tiny, insignificant white one. The great botanist Linnaeus named this plant called it Commelina, after the Commelijn family of Dutch botanists. The older two brothers were eminent scholars, while the third did relatively nothing. If they still confer plant names on lazy botanists, I am surprised that there are not a double dozen species named after the short woman at the front of this traipse-along…

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