“The Appendage”

by ESP on January 23, 2015

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Aw…come-on!

I noticed it from afar, “wait, is that a ?”

“Why is it protruding out the side like that?”

“Thats not normal.”

I subconsciously tried to shield my kids from this sago’s rather confrontational appendage, bundling them quickly through the front door of Dave & Busters.

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Really?

The reflecting window made the scene even more obscene. Upon leaving the establishment I made sure to comically obscure part of the strobilus with a white napkin.

Forrest-gump-originalThat’s all I have to say about that.

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Cold temperatures and even colder rain have taken care of the usual frost-prone victims,

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I knew purple heart was about to go. I used to cut all the mush back but found the faster way is to just snap it and pull from the base, slopping the frost-bitten blood and guts into Home Depot buckets for composting.

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A messy job, but much faster.

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Canna lily wasn’t far behind, along with

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some now ominous Hoja Santa Ring-wraiths.

In the darkness there was some light,

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a solitary cone flower refuses to give in to winter,

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and if there was sunlight, rest assured he was basking in it.

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Fatsia Japonica catching some sun.

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One of the best firework displays I have ever seen them produce.

Finally:

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Ghost plant,

Graptopetalum paraguayense

 

taking shelter from the cold winds under a ‘Hardy Red’ Oleander. Although they look and feel delicate, these ghosts can handle very cold weather, drought and a significant amount of shade apparently.

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Stay Tuned For:

“Nosy Parker”

 

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