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'Twas a Good Day

Last spring, a Japanese cobra lily (Arisaema sikokianum) followed me home from Hideko Gowen's stall at the Minneapolis Farmer's Market. It was simply too stunning, too beautiful to do anything else.

To my joy, it survived the winter and is now happily blooming at the base of the Bonus Rock here at Toad Woods. I noticed it at dusk Wednesday evening, the white Jack (spadix) glowing in the light cast from the garage. I'll try to get a reasonable snapshot in daylight and post it soon.

In other news, I loaded 240 pounds of water softener salt into my car, then hauled it indoors and downstairs where it's now doing its thing and saving the laundry from an unwelcome rusty tint. Said laundry is sorted and has slowly started making its way from pile to washer to dryer and back into the basket, clean and folded.

It's good to be home.

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thinkum
Apr. 26th, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
Welcome back, to you and the Cardis! :-)
pameladean
Apr. 26th, 2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad your toad lily made it!

I still have your spotty violets. They are spreading very nicely.

Unless they're minnehaha K's. I think the last time I credited them to her she said they were yours.

P.
pameladean
Apr. 26th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
Sorry, cobra lily! I just thought, apparently, that it had to be a toad lily. I mean, really, after all.

P.
gerisullivan
Apr. 27th, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
I tried growing toad lilies at Toad Hall, because, as you said, "really, after all." They never made it.
minnehaha
Apr. 27th, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
Nooo..... the spotty violets were from Mrs. fredcritter. I used to have magenta ones and plain white with a stripedy throat,, but they still live there, and I now live here.

K.
gerisullivan
Apr. 27th, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
Just to bring this small conversation full circle, Mrs. fredcritter is bringing descendants of the yellow violets from Toad Hall with her when she journeys to Toad Woods next week.
pameladean
Apr. 27th, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
Maybe this time I'll remember.

I'm amazed the white ones didn't follow you, given how pushy they are. I have lots of white violets, some with purply throats and some with a pale splotch of yellow and stripes in the throat and a little splotch of pink on the back of the flower, and you are very welcome to either kind if you feel your violetless state keenly.

I have magenta ones some years, but I haven't seen them yet this spring.

P.
minnehaha
Apr. 27th, 2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
A lovely plant. Is it really almost 2 feet tall?

L.
gerisullivan
Apr. 27th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
I'll have to measure. I'm certain mine isn't that tall yet, but I'm pretty sure it's well over a foot.
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