Revenge of the Flora, Part 1


In the grand tradition of MARVELous summer movies, You Must Be This Tall To Take Over the Planet is running a summer blockbuster, complete with an all-star cast and non-stop action.  The adventure begins here and will continue until early August.  Don’t forget to stick around for the end-credits, behind-the-scenes, and the blooper reel!


It’s a lovely summer day, and I’m waiting for my friend Muffy.   We’re supposed to look at some seed catalogs.  She’s going to help me pick out some things the human female and I could plant around the house.  I know, I know–it’s really too hot to be planting things right now, but a girl can dream, can’t she?


“Hi, Muffy!  It’s so good to see you.  How are things down at The Sugar Dojo?”

“Hey, Sigyn.  Thanks for having me over.  The dojo’s doing fine, but I think I’m ready for a little break.”

“Well, come on in.  I’ve made us a little snack so we can munch while we look through the catalogs.”

2-have a snack

“Mmmm! Chocolate chip!  My favorite!”

“Try the shortbread with the cherries.  They’re good too.”


“What do you think about zinnias, Muffy?  The human female likes them, though she hasn’t had a lot of luck with them.  But the butterflies like them and they’re certainly very showy.”

“I don’t know about the green ones, though. They’re just weird.”

“I know.  Maybe just stick to pink and red and orange.”


“Or she could try some nasturtiums.”

“She likes nasturtiums!  I think she tried those once, too, and they didn’t do so well. ”


“And they have the added bonus that if you get sick of them, you can eat them…”

“I looked in the fridge, and the human female has some seeds she’s been saving.  She’s had some success with morning glories, so I’m not sure why she hasn’t planted them.”


“Red, white, and blue.  Very patriotic.”

“She has four o’clocks, too.  Hee hee hee–I’ve always thought the seeds look like teeny little hand grenades.  She hasn’t planted those, either.”


“Did she plant the hollyhocks, at least?”

“No.  I think she’s discouraged–it’s hot and she doesn’t have a lot of time, we have awful soil, and her poor foot has kept her out of the garden a lot lately.”

“Oh, well.  It’s fun to think about, anyway.”

“I know!  We could go to the nursery and buy some potting soil and fertilizer and seed trays and help her out.”

“Sounds like a plan–let’s go!”

(to be continued)



Prunus tripla

It is still cherry season.  The human male did the grocery marketing and came home with a bag of the biggest, blackest cherries I have ever seen.

How big are they?


They’re a little less than one Benno in height, about two Bennos around, and about three Bennos in weight.


He’s terrified of them.


Run, Benno, run!

There are a lot of twin cherries in the double handful the human female brought for lunch.

Idunn’s Pomes and Ponytails!  It’s a triple cherry!  I have never seen the like!


How does one pull a triple cherry?  I guess we need someone else to participate.  No, Fisi, I’m not letting you do it. I don’t want hyena spit on my fruit!


Let’s go see if we can find someone else to play with us…



A Very Fun Find, Part II: The Gang’s All Here

Sigyn thinks the dinosaurs are such fun that we shouldn’t keep them to ourselves.  She has invited some of our friends and acquaintances over to play.


Yelp is suitably entertained.


“अभिवादन, सानो रबर छेपारो.”

Benno!  It is a quarter your size, it is twice as slow as you, and Parasaurolophus is an herbivorewhat are you afraid of?




“These are great!  I could fit them with electronic controller collars and have my own army of tiny dino-bots…”


“Nein, Remus!  I do not sink ze kleine dinosaurier vill make ze Zoom! Zoom! noises iff you scootz it on ze floor.”


“We observe proper manners in my Sugar Dojo.  Now bow, to show honor to your worthy opponent.”


“Don’t even think about it, Sail Boy!  Back away from Groot or I will blast ya into next Thursday.”


This has been fun, Sigyn, but how do we make them all go home?  I want to sit and play with my dinos in peace.


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