“Why is the Rum Gone?”

by ESP on January 25, 2014

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Eighty degrees one day,

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selling girl scout cookies in teeshirts…

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…then ice, how the temperatures can swing in Texas.

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There was just enough accumulation on this lawn chair to eek out a couple of lame snowballs for an equally lame snowball fight.

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Which was probably a good thing.

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This is what we needed!

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Stock tanks froze over once again encapsulating lacewings that had drowned on the surface.

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No, it is not a Popsicle, Bear.

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Loquats also had a cold casing,

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and I think I can safely say my variegated gingers have seen better days,

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much better days.

Out of all the frost bitten plants in my garden the first prize for ‘most aesthetically unpleasing plant after a freeze’

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has to go to

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yes…the purple heart.

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“I just knew it was going to win Charles.”

“Yes Dear, it really is astonishingly aesthetically unpleasing .”

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Not only is this plant a mess to look at, it will most certainly attempt to cover you in purple juice during clean up as an annoying side activity.

Lets take one more look:

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The interwoven dead leaves that this soggy plant apparently ‘collects’ over time completes the award winning industrial spillage look.

Aloe also suffers in the cold,

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the softened pulp on the inside of this frozen aloe arm felt very odd and kept him entertained for all of …30 seconds.

This Mexican lime tree kept me busy for a little longer as I beat it repeatedly with a blunt instrument to remove the dead foliage. This activity had the added benefit of making me feel much better about the upcoming purple heart clean up.

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Sherlock

“This lime tree was repeatedly beaten around its crown and lower limbs with a blunt object Watson, isn’t it obvious? The exfoliation, the…blah, blah…purple juice on the perpetrators gardening gloves…blah, blah, blah.”

Moving Along:

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This cactus causes me to do a Sheldon laugh when I walk past it in my Hell-strip.

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It has a very distinctive Jack Sparrow swagger to it, and recently, I noticed, its first tattoo.

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And on that note…

 

Stay Tuned for:

Taking the Hobbits to Isengarden

 

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