Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Sometimes it's all about the flowers (but at the end, a bird)

Lorelei update:
Still has a fever. And nothing else. Just hot to the touch and not acting normal.
I took a stroll around the yard today, in the daytime, even.
I need some help here.
(Okay, okay. Enough, there.)

Someone tell me that this is an important plant.
Because we have a lot of it. (And more than what I am showing...I DO have standards, damn it.)

Somebody tell me this is a valuable plant
I've been praying that it's a beautiful milkweed or something so exquisite that tearing it out would be sacrilege.
Prickly lettuce
I know what this is.
Prickly lettuce.
I don't know about the lettuce part, but the prickly stuff is for real.
And it's a foot taller than the grass. We haven't had to mow, since Mother Nature is spanking us on the bottom with the lack of rain.
Not a native.
Damn it.
Moth Mullein
I finally know what this is. Now that it's opened up.
Moth mullein.
And not a liatris, just as you said, Laura.
Not a native.
Damn it.
In the planter 3
This was one of the freebies I got from the nursery, and I have been waiting for it to open up more so I can ID it.
It's an upright, woody-stemmed plant. With bright pink tubular flowers.
Think it's a native?
In the planter 2
Oxalis triangularis. Pretty.
Not a native.

In the planter 1
A sort-of-a-succulent kind of thing. With pretty orange flowers.
Bet that's not a native, either.
Stained glass bug
While pining over the hopefully-valuable plant, I found a cute little leaf hopper that looks like a stained-glass window!
Female hummer on pole
And also while waxing poetic about the big, huge, unkempt weeds behind me, our female hummingbird landed on the pole by the feeder. I was puzzled by the fluffiness on her legs at first. But when I enlarged the photo, I noticed some fluff stuck to the wind chime, and I guess she is "wool-gathering" for her wee sweet nest.
When I like something, I tend to keep hold of it, so here's a few more quotes from Our Boys:

*Our experts describe you as an appallingly dull fellow, unimaginative, timid, lacking in initiative, spineless, easily dominated, no sense of humour, tedious company and irrepressibly drab and awful. And whereas in most professions these would be considerable drawbacks, in chartered accountancy they are a positive boon.

*Brian: Excuse me. Are you the Judean People's Front?
Reg: F*** off! We're the People's Front of Judea.

*I wave my private parts at your aunties, you cheesy lot of second hand electric
donkey-bottom biters.


Trixie said...

That tall plant grew in my mom's old garden in Evendale. Darned if I know what it was.

Poor Lorelei! I hope she hasn't been too cranky.

And remember to always look on the bright side of life!

Liza Lee Miller said...


Mary said...

I'm not help with those plants, but that tall one looks familiar - we had a lot of it growing in Maryland - near a wooded area in the back of our property.

I hope Lorelei feels better soon. Probably a little virus...

That last line is a hoot, even though I don't understand "Our Boys"!

NatureWoman said...

Ah, so sweet of the hummingbird gathering fluff for her tiny nest.
Looks like Susan Gets Native needs more native.
I hope Lorelei gets better real soon.

LauraHinNJ said...

Oh! That mullein looks just like an orchid!

I think that flower is coral honeysuckle - native I think.

dguzman said...

Is your succulent-like thingie portulaca?

I've seen those tall thin plants all around me too, but no idea what they are or whether they're native. Sorry.

"Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelled of elderberries! I fart in your general direction!"

dguzman said...

oh poo, just noticed you'd already quoted my quote above... silly English kinnnnnnnniggots!