Sigyn Speaks

C’est Très Exotique! (Sigyn Speaks)

Loki wrote about the plants we found on the new home site.  Today I want to show you some of the more exotic things we’ve found in the neighborhood!

The first one is right out in the front flowerbed!

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The lady grew it from a seed.  It comes back every year and makes these enormous, ballerina-pink flowers.  I don’t know what its name is, but I think it may be a cousin of hibiscus.

Hee hee hee!  This one’s in a pot in the driveway.

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˙ɐᴉuʍopᴉsdn ɐᴉuʎƃᴉS ʇᴉ sllɐɔ ᴉʞo˥ ˙ʎlᴉɯɐɟ ʇǝloᴉʌ uɐɔᴉɹɟ∀ ǝɥʇ uᴉ s,ʇI

This bush is down the street.  It doesn’t look like much until it blooms and then wow!  Pale pink petals and looong red stamens.  Know what it is?

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It’s a pineapple guava!  I can’t wait to come back later and see if it makes fruit–they really do taste a little like pineapple! And the flowers are edible too!  (But too pretty to eat!)

This tree is actually native, but isn’t it fun and tropical-looking?

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Teeny little leaflets and bright yellow flowers!  I have to dangle carefully, though, since it has some very pokey prickles!  One of its names is palo verde because the trunk is green.

These blossoms are amazing!  I always think passionflowers look as if they’re from another planet, with all the extra bits and the bobbly stamens and the boingy little tendrils.

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And gulf fritillary caterpillars like to eat it, so it draws butterflies.  Best plant ever?  Maybe!

Whee!  More dangles.  I don’t know which is prettier

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the pomegranate flowers (with petals that look like crepe paper) or the really cool red fruits.  Luckily, they often have both at the same time, so I don’t have to choose!

And here’s one we had to look up by doing a web search for “maroon wisteria,” and we found it!

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The flowers are so lovely, and it’s such a strong, glossy climber–I need to think of a place to plant one at our house!

Aren’t those fun, unusual plants?  I thought so!  You never know what you’re going to find when you go out for a walk!

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Doing Some Chalking of My Own (Sigyn Speaks)

Loki thinks that sidewalk-chalking is sappy (though he was very sweet to me about that last one we saw.)  I think it’s adorable, and I want to do some of my own!

But I don’t want to step on the toes of the wonderful people leaving all the inspirational quotes.  What should I do?  Hmmm.  I will need to think about this.

I know!  I can help support all the walkers and homeschoolers (and homeschooling walkers, hee hee!) by being educational.

Lots of folks are plant-blind.  Maybe I can work against that a little bit—encourage people to literally stop and smell the flowers.  I read about someone in France leaving labels on urban wildflowers.  I bet that would work here!  I don’t know all of them, but I can do the ones I know!

These are bright and cheerful!  They’re sure to get someone’s attention.

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False dandelions are not quite the same color as the true ones.  (The eensiest bit less gold and a smidge more lemon.)

Ooh!  Ooh!  Look!  See this little fluffy yellow one?

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It’s Neptunia pubescens, and  the showy bits are the stamens.

Another little yellow one.

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Hee hee hee!  I guess I just like yellow!

But here’s one that’s different!

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Don’t you just love that electric blue color?

It’s a little bit sad to think that the labels will wear off pretty quickly, and the flowers will fade, too.

But here’s something I can label that will be around for a long time!

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Chalk wears down really quickly on concrete!  I might need some of that fat, colorful, specially-for-side-walks chalk…

Almost out of chalk for today.  I’ve just enough left to leave a message on the walkway that goes by the big storm-water collection area.

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It’s the best song ever!     (Listen–it will make you smile!)

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Much More Comfy Than a Plague Doctor Mask (Sigyn Speaks)

I know Loki meant well with the protective garb, but I’m very, very glad to be back in my own clothes.

I’m going for a walk.  I’ve heard that more and more of the spring flowers are popping up every day, and I can’t bear the thought that I might be missing any!

Ooh!  There’s something pink over there!

Eeeee!  I LOVE THESE!  They look like something Dr. Seuss would draw.

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The stems are kind of prickly, but the flower heads are so poofy!  I could just lie here all day.

But what is that shrub over there?  It has the same sort of flowers, but it’s even better because they’re RED.

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I think I’ll ask if we can plant one of these at the house, so I can hug it every day.

Don’t you just love botany?

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Doing My Part! (Sigyn Speaks)

I’m trying to keep busy, because it makes the time go faster.  And I like to be helpful!

So today the human female and I are going to sew some masks.  The craft room is full of fabric, so I’m sure we can find something cute and cheerful.

Just look at all of this!

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I see scraps from at least two great-nephew quilts!

Isn’t this piece pretty?

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I read somewhere that they get the lovely speckles by throwing salt on the dyed fabric while it’s drying.  That sounds like a fun project, but I can’t get distracted now.  There is sewing to do!

Here are some already-strips pieces that might be useful.

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Oh?  They’re too short for ties?  That’s okay.  I’ll keep looking!

Hooray!  There were some long pieces of the red fabric, just perfect for notching and ripping into tie-lengths.  (Loki doesn’t know what he’s missing—ripping fabric is fun!)

Now we fold, and then iron.

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Sewing skinny ties takes concentration.  But I can do this!

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I think this mask should have cowboys.  No one can be un-cheered with cowboys!

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Sew the layers together with the ties tucked in, turn right side out, make the pleats, sew around the mask twice..

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Hmm.  That’s all right, but the human female found a different and better way.

Sew the layers together, turn right side out, make the pleats…

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…and then use long tie-pieces to bind off the edges as well.  It’s much faster than trying to sew the ties in the corners!

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There, William, now you can go out for a walk safely!

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A Tisket, A Tasket, It’s Sigyn With a Basket (Sigyn Speaks)

I just love spring!  And even with everything shut down, I can still enjoy some happy spring traditions.  Today I have my little basket, and I’m going out to see if I can find any eggs to put in it!

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That didn’t take long!  Here’s a nice, sunny yellow one to start the fun with!

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And look!  There’s a red one under the Oxalis.

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Hello, Oxalis!  You’re looking very pink today.

And hello to you, too, Mr. Roly-poly!   Are you having a good day?

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Hee hee hee! That is so funny!  Someone hid a green egg under the acorn cap.

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Little green guy, that hat is much too large for you!

Oh, look!  I found a black one!

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This is turning out to be the luckiest egg hunt ever!  I have yellow and red for me; green and black for Loki!

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Speaking of Loki, I wonder what he’s up to today?

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This is the Best! (Sigyn Speaks)

The humans bought some new towels.  They’re a soft, sagey green.  Do you know what the funnest part of new towels is?

It’s what they leave in the dryer screen!

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It’s fluffy and warm and like the softest blanket EVER!

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I just want to snuggle up here forever!

Is it possible to make fluff angels?

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Let’s find out!

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Some Fancy Fake Foliage

We are still poking around in the Red Bullseye Market.  Sigyn is such an ardent plant lover that she is gravitating towards various bits of home decor herbage that are scattered in different parts of the store.

This one looks almost real, but not like any plant the human female knows.

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If a Peperomia and a Philodendron had a love child, perhaps…

A member of the Pseudopalmae in a trendy clay hanging pot:

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Now, I’m no horticulturist, but that yellowing foliage makes me think that poor thing needs some plastic nitrogen, STAT.

Succulents are very “in” right now.

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Sigyn, I know you’d like to bring this one home because it’s all rubbery and fun to squeeze, but there are windows full of real plants there and a whole county full of wildflowers just starting to really come into flower outdoors.

I think you can leave the Haworthia targetensis here…

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MMMmmmm No Regrets (Sigyn Speaks)

I am having such a wonderful day!  We have all decided that shopping in the oil and vinegar store has made us just hungry enough to walk the half a block to the same lovely cafe where we had lunch the last time we were in this neighborhood.  I know that I can always find a little room for dessert—and I seem to recall they had quite an extensive dessert menu!

Hmm.  I remembered correctly!   What to choose?  What to choose?

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Creme brulee is always good, but a raspberry tart would be delicious too.  And what is a key lime var?  It sounds so exotic!

The human female and I decided to split an almond croissant.  I can never say no to croissants, and there is no such thing as too much almond!

Look!  Isn’t it divine?

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Mmmm.  They warmed it up so that the almond paste inside is just a little gooey and mmmmelty.

You know, Loki didn’t want to come with us today.  He doesn’t know what he’s missing!

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I Don’t Care What the Calendar Says! (Sigyn Speaks)

I don’t care what the calendar says.  We may be a month and more from the first day of spring, but I went out in the yard today and flowers are happening!  I’m so excited!  I just love looking for the first few blossoms, don’t you?

There is a lot of this vetch in the front lawn.

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Most people would think it’s a weed, but I think it’s lovely.  The flowers start out in two shades of red purple, but they fade to blue-purple–and then they make teeny little bean pods that are so cute!  I like how it wraps around other plants–sort of like it’s giving them a great, bit hug.

The jonquils are blooming too.  I climbed up to smell them (their fragrance is really strong!) . . .

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…and the whole flower cluster swayed to the ground.  Hee hee hee!  I guess I ate a few too many cookies over the holidays!

The patch of snowdrops under the bedroom window is blooming right on schedule!

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This is a southern sort of snowdrop that doesn’t need a very cold winter.  The other kind, the one with the three hangy-downy petals, doesn’t do well here, more’s the pity.

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But ours still make wonderful hats!

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