“Oh Drupes!”

by ESP on July 29, 2014 · 5 comments


“My, grandma…what a big nose you have!”

“And my, grandma, that is some serious halitosis you have going on!”


“All the better for smelling out stinky dead things and rolling-in / eating them.”


Oh yes with this decapitated little snake (rough earth snake, perhaps a Texas blind snake, I don’t know?)

I had them on their toes wielding dustpans…

…they were totally disturbed as I danced toward them shouting “its goin’ doon yer back…


…and “the wee beastie is goin tae land on yer noggin’.”


…in my really bad Billy Connolly accent.

I have never seen them move faster.


It has been a week of odd findings.

I found three clusters of drupes at the base of this needle palm, yes I said drupes, drupes.


Needless to say (ahem)


I got sufficiently punished for taking this macro.


The needles on this palm are virtually impossible to see among the debris and they are extremely sharp.

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For anyone remotely interested here is drupelet split open to reveal the kernel.

DSC07009This cypress tree contained in my pond has also set some large fruit,


all it needs are some wings…a quidditch field, a lick of gold paint, some wizard folk on broomsticks, ability to fly…etc.

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Staying in this pond for a moment,


this Florida native swamp lily,


Crinum americanum

is putting on a fine show.



Another super white bloom has taken over two other places in the patch.


I vaguely remember collecting and planting some seeds from the datura mother-plant last fall.


I have tried planting the seed before without much success.

But not this year. This year the story is quite different.


I now have enough Devil’s snare to keep a small army of tribal Shamans in psychotropic trances for a very long time.



Inland sea oats are on the turn, greens turning to browns as fall encroaches.

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I allow them to spread where they want to toward the back of my property,


as I do with this beach vitex…at least for now.



How about this for an agave bloom:


This one is the tallest I have ever seen.


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1 Cheryl July 30, 2014 at 10:51 pm

What sort of merry monster is living in that water feature behind the Beach Vitex?…looks like big, glassy eyes peeking over the rim…(play spooky music now)

2 ESP July 30, 2014 at 11:00 pm

If you look to the left of the tank you can see the first documented facial sighting of a member of the Naboo tribe Cheryl…lots going on around that beach vitex!

3 TexasDeb July 31, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Wow – your Datura really took off this year! Any seed propagation secrets to share? I still have one the one large plant but it is setting plenty of seed and I’d give you constant and consistent credit if you’ll lead me along the path towards getting a patch started. Pretty please, hmmmm?

Took off it did TD!

I was paranoid only having the one stand of it…not any more :-)
I think it has been a good seed germination year what with our consistent monthly rains.
I did nothing special with the seed…I waited until the seeds were falling out of the brown pods then straight in the ground with them…(Fall)

4 Cheryl August 1, 2014 at 3:39 pm

With the big tooth grin? Its not as scary as that green monster with the beady eyes and the white “mane” that’s peeking over the edge of the tub…

My kids have reported seeing this distant ‘descendant of nessie’ monster on numerous occasions,

I just never believed them.

I saw the big tooth grinning creature you discovered, but I was referring to this shy little chap skulking to the left of the tank, behind the beach vitex.

Perhaps they are communicating?

5 Cheryl August 3, 2014 at 10:16 pm

If one stares long enough, one can find a plethora of wee beings skulking around ………… how fun……….

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