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At Last, At Last, At Last…, Part III: Let’s Move

Aaaand… Now we’re back to the bright flowers.  This vine is one of Sigyn’s absolute favorites.  I believe she is physically incapable of passing it without stopping for a dangle.

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The labels on it in the nurseries always say, “Gorgeous native plant!  Attracts hummingbirds!”  They need to add, “Attracts humming Sigyns, too!”

The eyes have it!  This blue-eyed grass is a delicate thing (though it still towers over my beloved), not really purple and not really blue.  The human female says it is a member of the iris family.  Since I don’t care enough about plants to study taxonomy, I can neither prove nor disprove this statement.  Sigyn hasn’t squeaked in outrage, so it may be right.

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It is time to go.  Sigyn is reluctant, but I hear lunch calling me, so I am fine with leaving.

Odin’s eyepatch!  What now?  The human female has stopped the car and is standing on the side of the road, gazing longingly.  What has caught her scattered fancy this time?

Ah.  Just enjoying the view.

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It doesn’t properly show in the photo, but the large front yard is a mass of bluehats and something yellow.  It is a lovely house and has a “For Sale” sign.

Sigyn and the human female haven’t stopped exclaiming about the flowers and sniffing the air and mentally clearing out the current house, putting it up for sale, and moving to this one. While they ponder where and how they could come up with the money— and figure out that the sign is for the lot next door and not the house— I will snoop around a bit.

Hmm.  Right next to the human female…

pokeants

Poke, poke, poke.  Hello, my fiery little minions!  When was the last time you had a tasty human to bite?  There is a nice plump one right over here…

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I Don’t See Mint *OR* A Spring, Part I: It’s Very Flowery Here

The human female hasn’t been doing a lot of field botany because she’s still having trouble with her feet.   Or that’s what she *says,* anyway.  Personally, I think she’s just to rotund to move anymore.

Nevertheless, she happened to have a meeting today in a part of town that is not too far from an area she knows can be lush in the spring, so we are stopping for a quick look.  It’s called Minter Spring.  Minter than what?  Is there a plain Mint Spring somewhere?  Is there a Mintest Spring a little further down the road??  I do not know.  Place names in this part of Midgard are so silly that there’s no telling.

So here we are.  The soil is very sandy.  The plants here are ones that like living in a place that’s like a beach with no water.  (That’s right. No water— I don’t see any actual spring.)

This is pointed phlox.  I think that particular obnoxious shade of pinky-purple is not otherwise found in nature.  (And that’s a good thing.)

phlox

But Sigyn doesn’t seem to mind.

Sometimes Sigyn needs a boost to look at the flowers properly.  The human female says this next one is called “drum-and-sand warts.”  That can’t be right.  She’s wearing a hat, but maybe she needs sunscreen and some shade.  Perhaps the warm spring sun has scrambled what passes for her brain.

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Or maybe she’s just drunk.  Can’t rule that one out.

Just to show you how DUMB Midgardian names can be, this next one is called “blue-eyed grass.”

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It’s not a grass, it doesn’t have EYES, and the flowers dry purple.  But the flowers on the phlox dry blue, so I suppose it all evens out.

Oooo!  The female says the blue-eyed grass is a very naughty plant and does not transplant into the home garden very well.  Also, the three or four species in this part of Midgard like to play botanical footsie with one another– so much so that it can be impossible to tell what species most plants are!  There are almost no plants of pure lineage.   A race of color-shifting, uncooperative, bastard posies.  I approve!

Sigyn is very fond of daisies.  This particular one is called daisy fleabane.

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Supposedly, strewn about the house, it is will keep fleas away.  Hey!  I think the human female has fleas–we should pick some for her!

Which might be harder than it sounds…

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Stuck.

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