Float like a bumble bee

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Note: This has been sitting around the drafts folder for quite a while – thought I would simply put it out there as is.

A rolling stone gathers no moss… But it’s the roving bee that brings home the honey, according to Muhammad Ali (to the best of my memory, although I can’t cite the original source for the quote), arguably the most recognizable celebrity with Parkinson’s Disease, next to Michael J Fox.

The wife cut down the Salvia farinacea for the winter, as all the old flowers seem to have been spent (most of them at least) and I spose the possibility of new blooms before the first frost kept me from staying her hand. More

Mexican Apple (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii)

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Manzanilla (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii)

Manzanilla (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii)

Here’s an old favorite, though this is the “fruit” and not the blossom. We’ve been told that the flowers are edible and actually more tasty than the fruit, which tastes somewhat like an apple, which it resembles in form and color, though much smaller in size.

As a member of the Mallow (Malvaceae) family, it is cousin to the Hibiscus. The native range is throughout the Southeast United States, from North Carolina westward to Texas, with the exceptions of Tennessee and Oklahoma. For more information and pictures, visit a post on the Native Plant Society of Texas on the Texas Mallow (One of several appellations of this variety of Malvaviscus).


Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky

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With one hand waving free, silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands. . . and wondering how many linesĀ  can IĀ  quote without having to pay Mr. Dylan some royalties?

Clematis drummondii - Old man's beard

Clematis drummondii – Old man’s beard

…Well, if you got to have earworms running through your head, this is as fine as they come, and if you hear vague traces of music in your head when looking at pictures like this, consider yourself lucky.

I think I will be titling more of these posts after lines from poems, songs, plays, novels, or whatever else comes to mind. It seems right, feels right, and sounds right, and three rights never made a wrong,

Hey, mister cameraman, come take a shot of me…(okay, now I’m just being silly).

the return of return to the natives

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Well, we’ve been on hiatus for a year, and we are getting ready to start posting again on a regular basis. Soon…


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Linum rupestre - Rock Flax

Linum rupestre – Rock Flax

July 14, 2013

This is the end of updates for this blog, at least for the time being.

There is just so much one can do, and keeping this blog going on a regular basis is one of those things. It has always been an amateur effort and one can do more useful things, so this blog has been dropped from the B list to the D list and off the To-Do list.

Big Box Solution = No Solution

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Saw this in my email inbox today – so wrong in so many ways.

Vanessa cardui – Painted Lady

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Vanessa cardui - Painted Lady

Vanessa cardui – Painted Lady

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