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A Long-Overdue Walk in the Woods, Part II: A Few Surprises

The tree-identifying has been snoring boringly along:  yaupon holly, winged elm,  yaupon,  yaupon, post oak… one mostly-naked tree after another.

But the Park has a few surprises up its planty sleeves.

The students are losing their collective tiny mind.  The human female has told them that there are PALM trees in the Park and they think she’s crazy.

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But here’s proof.  The human female is crazy, of course, but this is undeniably a palmetto.  Sigyn and I last saw these in East Texas.

Ah.  Here is a nice “pop” of color.  (That’s something the human female says.  I have no idea what she means, but this coralberry is certainly colorful.

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It’s only a foot tall, though, so dangling here just doesn’t have the thrill one can get with a taller species.

At last!  Some actual non-arboreal blossoms!  Sigyn likes this camphorweed, not only because it’s flowery, but because it is her favorite cheery yellow.

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It’s short too, but by the end of the season, it could be four feet tall.

(later)  We’ve been traipsing up and down all morning, and it is time for a break.

Clever Sigyn!   She has found us this lovely green and reddish resting place.

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The human female says it’s cancerweed.  What an ugly name for such a delightful plant.  It’s not moss, but it’ll do in a pinch.

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What I Found in the Yard– Sigyn Speaks (Almost Wordless Wednesday)

A whole lot of blue-flowered vetch that Loki says the human female really ought to pull out of the lawn but which I think is rather pretty.

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Lyre-leaf sage, which politely declines to grow in the flower bed where it’s wanted and insists on coming up in the yard.

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And the first satellite dish of the season.

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: )

Hide and Seek in the Garden (Sigyn Speaks)

Every now and then I can get Loki to play a game with me.  Today is a very pretty day, so we are out in the garden playing hide and seek.  It’s my turn to hide.

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The color’s not a bad match, but I feel a little exposed.

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Likewise these teeny oak leaves.  They’re a good match for my favorite outfit, but I still feel really visible.

I could hide under a lyre-leaf sage leaf.  They have pretty burgundy markings.

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But I get distracted by their pretty flowers.

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If I hang about admiring them, Loki is sure to find me!  I could hide in the vetch, but the blue-purple clashes rather dreadfully with my clothes.

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Oh, I know!  I’ll scrunch down here in the wood sorrel.

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Well, phoo.  Loki found me right away!  I bet he’s using magic, which is not exactly fair.  All right, Loki, you hide and I’ll find you.  One, two, three, four, five, six…

He’s not under the boxwood, or hiding in the oak leaf mulch.  Wait. What is that in the ornamental grass the human female planted?

Found you!

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Don’t pout, Loki.  It was a good thought.  Give this a couple of months to fill out, and it’ll be a wonderful hiding place.

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