belly botany

Flowers, Fords, and Flights, Part I: The Flowers

If humans who like hot food are chili-heads and those who like cars are gear-heads, then the human male, the female, and their friend are AIR-HEADS.  Ehehehehe.   It’s funny because it’s true.

They’ve heard through the grapevine that there is a unique aircraft due to be at the local private airstrip today and tomorrow.  They want to drop everything and go ogle.  I want to go and laugh.  Midgardian technology is sooooo primitive and backward.

Sigyn wants to go because the sun is out and it’s spring and there might be flowers around the airstrip.

So here we are.  There is an assortment of small planes, but I gather that none of these is what we came to see.

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Can you see better from up there, Sigyn?

I suppose we can look around for your flowers while we wait.  They’ve mowed, but a lot of the early flowers are very short, so you might be in luck.  We’ll just have to crouch right down in the grass.

Found something already? Good eyes!  That is one tiny flower.  Even though it is bright lilac, it would be easy to overlook it.

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You found some even smaller, pale ones.  Do you like those better?

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Sigyn, come look at this one! Stripes!

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Oh.  When the human female said, “Spring Beauty,” I thought she was talking about you.  So that’s what it’s called?

Sigyn seems to be focussd in on pink today.  This little wild geranium looks nothing like the houseplant kind.

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Uh, oh. The lawnmower has done a number on this one.  The human female says it’s supposed to be a foot tall, with heart-shaped fruit.

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Though why that means it’s called “Shepherd’s purse” is beyond me.

You’ve got something else over here?  I don’t see anyth— Oh.  There it is.  By Idunn’s Itty Bitty Green Apples, that is a small flower.

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Nice shade of blue, though.  The human female says it’s called “speedwell.”

More speedwell over here.  Sigyn is in love.

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Maybe we should rub some on that plane, because it is taking FOREVER to get here.

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More Lawn Fun

We are still poking about in the lawn.  Sigyn is so excited!  She says you never know what you might find.  I predict gum wrappers, crab grass, and the occasional ant.

But this is something:

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The human female says it is called Japanese Mazus and is not very common here.  Good catch, Sigyn!  You have a keen eye for the unusual.

And a keen nose, too.  You’re right–I do smell lemon!  Where is that coming from?

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From that little purple mint?  Are you sure?  Here, let me bend it down so you can take a good sniff.

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Mmm.  I agree.  We should get some of this for our lawn.  The human female is beyond lax in her weeding.  She’d probably let it stay.

I wonder what other treasures we can find in the lawn.

Look at this!

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What do you suppose dropped this?  Or, rather, whooo do you suppose dropped it?  Look at the fringe-y edge of your side of the feather, Sigyn.  That breaks up air flow and makes for quiet flying.  Now that we know that there are owls in the neighborhood, we will have to be extra careful if we go walking at night.  You are so cute and have a tiny, squeaky voice–I wouldn’t want Mister Owl to mistake you for a tasty snack!

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Tiny Lawn Thingies

The human female says that April is a good time to do some “Belly Botany.”  This means that while she says she is going for a nice, invigorating walk, she really plans to stop every ten feet, squat down on her plump haunches, and peer at people’s lawns.

Why she hasn’t been arrested yet, I have no idea.

Sigyn likes tiny flowers, so the three of us have formed a strange procession.  As I predicted, we have made it no farther than the park on the corner.

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Sigyn thinks the Dwarf Dandelions are “cute.”  I think Sigyn is cute.

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Scarlet Pimpernel, one of Sigyn’s oldest and dearest floral friends.   She looks forward to them every year, and one of my favorite photos of her was taken amidst these grenadine-colored posies.

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Sigyn likes this one because it “looks like lace.”  The God of Mischief does not “do” lace.  I think I may need to go smite something just to keep my virile reputation intact.  Where is Thor when you need him?

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