Dianthus

Thank You, Xylem (Sigyn Speaks)

The human female’s students have been studying Angiosperms, which is just a fancy word for flowering plants. I like this week of lab, not just because I just adore flowering plants, but also because there are always leftovers.

Look, Loki!  Today, it’s carnations.  I bet you’re wondering about the colored water.

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The carnations started out plain white.  If you put them in colored water, the flowers will take it up, and it will travel upwards in little tubes called xylem

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…and the dye gets deposited in the petals, leaving a lovely, stripey place to have a little sit!

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Loki, shall I ask the human female if there are any more plain white carnations left?  I hear this works just as well with green food coloring!

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A Guide to the Campus Flora, Part II: Looking on the BRIGHT Side

Thank the Norns, we quickly descended from the Tree of Emesis and have crossed the campus to have a look at the planters in front of Sbisa dining hall.  There are some interesting plants here. Even the human female, with her much-vaunted botanical knowledge, is impressed.

Sigyn likes this vine.  It is awfully… showy.

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And this!  This is a Salvia, but instead of having properly sedate red or blue flowers, it has garish, bicolored blossoms.  The human female says it is called “Hot Lips.”

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Gaudy” is what I call it.  I can’t imagine it plays well with other plants.  But it’s fun to climb–care to join me?

Oh, look at these.  Sigyn is now a very happy girl.

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It doesn’t matter that they also come in a pastel version with cunning little markings…

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… No, with Sigyn it’s red, red, and only red.

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