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A Whole Walkful of Tiny, Pretty Things! (Sigyn Speaks)

Oh, my goodness! The weather has been just beautiful lately! The mornings are nice and cool and the afternoons are sunny and the flowers are just loving it! (Some rain hasn’t hurt, either!)

The human female and I are going for a walk around the neighborhood just to see what’s up. It’s too late for bluets : ( but there is sure to be something nice.

Starting with our very own lawn!

The evening primroses are pinker than they look in the photo, and they are everywhere!

So is the lyre-leaf sage. The ones coming up around the corner by the hose are nearly white, but the ones that have popped up in the lawn are purple, purple, purple.

What’s even nicer is that they’re perennial! Where they are this year, they are very likely to be again next year. When they’re done flowering, I will help the human female transplant them into the flower bed so they don’t get mowed.

That’s what’s good about the spring flora. A lot of it is short enough to pass under a mower largely unscathed. I can see the winecups in the grass of the park before we even get there.

You’d think the bright fuchsia would clash with the nearly-orange scarlet pimpernel (hee hee hee! I almost wrote “pumpernickel”!) but it doesn’t. It just makes a sort of earthbound fiesta.

The blue-eyed grass is open from about midday onwards.

The flowers are always a purply-blue, but in its miniature cousin, the flowers can be yellow, pink, lavender, pale blue, or a sort of bright arctic white, usually with a maroonish eye-ring.

They like a sandy soil, and so do herb sherard and the dwarf dandelions.

Whole sections of the lawn here are lavender and yellow orange. I just never get tired of the dwarf dandelions!

Another sand lover is this eny-weeny member of the carnation family.

I think it’s thyme-leaved sandwort, but I will have to pick a flower and take it home to key out, because there are several species that all look very much alike.

Speaking of itty-bitty white things, look at this dogshade!

It looks like lace, doesn’t it? A lot of the carrot family plants have flowers like this. It’s a good year for this plant–I’m seeing it everywhere! And do you know what? The flowers are sweetly scented! There is enough of it that you can smell these plants just walking by!

We’ve gone around the whole block now and I think we’ve seen just about ev—-

Ooooh! What’s that yellow up ahead?!

You could be forgiven for thinking this is one of the bur-clovers or sweet-clovers, but it’s one of the true clovers, specifically low hop clover, an introduction from Europe. The flowers fade and get all paper-baggy as they age. I like it not only because it’s such a cheerful color, but because the leaflets are heart-shaped and fold up to look like green snowflakes! I just want to give it a hug! But I won’t hug the little barley by my left hand, because it has long awns and is on the far end of the poke-you-in-the-eye scale.

Oh, haven’t we had just the BEST walk? Thanks for coming with me, and always remember to keep an eye on the ground, because you never know what precious jewels will be hidden down there!

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At Last, At Last, At Last…, Part I: Colors!

Today is the day Sigyn has been waiting for all year.  The breeze is warm, the sun is playing hide-and-seek, and the wildflowers are FINALLY putting on their spring show.  The human female has taken us out for a drive to Minty Springs (that place where there is no mint and no springs) south of town, where the flowers really like the sandy soil.

Sigyn, of course, has made an itty-bitty beeline for the bright red paintbuckets.

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She’d lie back and gaze up at them all day if we’d let her.  But last year’s dry grass is itchy.

The human female says it’s a good year  for the bluehats.  I hate to admit it, but she’s right.  That is a very fine shade of blue.

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Sigyn is greeting them like old friends.

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Sigyn, do you usually climb your old friends?

I think all the really bright flowers are out today.  These bibulous, oenophilic cup-shaped ones are a particularly vivid shade of…

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…I don’t even know what you call it. I’ve certainly never seen wine that color.

And this flock of little stars can only be described as pinky-purple-fading-to-bluish.

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And each one has a purple eye in the middle.

Sigyn has the right of it:  If you put all of these colors together in a shirt or a painting, folks would call it garish and be repulsed, but out here, it doesn’t look half bad.

But that does give me a good idea for a spell to put on the human female’s wardrobe…

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