Ampelopsis arborea

Free At Last! Neener-neener-neener! Part I: Flower in a Crannied Wall, etc.

Released from self-quarantine, the humans have lost no time in going for a walk.  This is a good thing, both for morale and because their legs were in a fair way of becoming atrophied, and the mental image of them flopping about the house like a pair of beached sea lions is one I don’t care to dwell upon.

Ah. The human female has made a botanist line (like a bee-line, but with even more stops to look at plants) straight for the Neener-neener-Neener trail, just to see what is going on here.

Part of the walkway is bordered by a masonry wall, and all sorts of vegetation has established itself in the nooks and crannies.

This over-exposed composite is horseweed.

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And here are some VERY late evening primroses.

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Oh, now this is fun!  This ground cherry, with its inflated, Chinese-lantern fruits, is big enough for a good dangle.

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I just like to pop the balloony fruits.

Sigyn says this is one we want to come back for.  Farkleberry, midway between white flowers and blue-black fruit.

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They’re edible, though they’re a little seedy and dry.  More of a nature snack and less of something you’d collect on purpose to make pie.

This peppervine is clambering over everything. (And Sigyn is clambering over it, which makes her the Supreme Clamberer!)

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Those berries will be purply black when mature.  Sadly, not edible, though I’ve a mind to come back and gather some when they’re ripe.  They will look beautiful in the human female’s fruit salad!

The fruits on this pokeweed won’t be edible, either, but I’ve heard it said you can make a fine dye out of them. 

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The leaves are definitely toxic, though that doesn’t stop humans from eating them.  How many of the idiots perished before they figured out that you have to boil them multiple times in multiple changes of  water before they’re safe?

Then there’s this nightshade

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Too bad these fruits aren’t ripe yet, either.  They’re blue-black when they are, and it would be as easy as anything to slip them into the human female’s blueberries.  Mischief–it’s what’s for breakfast!

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A November Walk, Part I: The Last of the Flowers

After a succession of dreary-ish days, there is actually some sun and pleasant weather, so when the human female suggested we all go for a walk, my acquiescence was less grudging than usual.  Also, I know she has plans to call up her sister while she is walking.  When she does this, she often pauses on the little bridge in the neighborhood, leaving Sigyn and me free to wander off and explore a bit. Anything to get away from the guffawing and cackling into which such a sororal confabulation usually devolves.

Sigyn was first to spot something in flower.  What is this morning-glory doing open in the afternoon?

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I guess the whole Daylight Savings Time thing has everyone confused.

The goldenrod has nearly finished flowering for the year.  Its tall, wand-like stems are fairly easy to climb.  Today is rather a breezy day, so examining this swaying plant is as much of a ride as a botany lesson.  Sigyn, are you holding on tightly?  Please use both hands!

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Oooh, look!   Berries!  Don’t they look plump and delicious?

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Wait, though!  This is peppervine, and the fruit are NOT edible.

Still, the human female is always moaning about how expensive fresh blueberries are.  I think that in baked goods or pancakes, these would nearly indistinguishable from the real thing.  I shall hop down from here and teleport home to get a basket so we can pick some for her.

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Just remember, sweetie, not to sample the next batch of her muffins…

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