Amok.

Larkspur seeded next door seven years gone. Seeds saved six. Seeds sown five years ago. On their own hence.

I’ll hope to snag a few in a few weeks

To bring them back “home.”

Next door to where they first laid down

Before oft they went to roam.

Our mystery has bloomed. A mystery, to me, it remains.

This pollinator of the “tree” of perpetual chard (taller than me!) See?

Turn and look down the birds’ sunflower path.

The radish seeds bulge bigger than the broccoli.

And just as I crouched down to capture the half of society, this little flutterby appeared and perched so perfectly.

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11 comments on “Amok.

  1. Tina says:

    Amok is right, also–bounty. That chard is positively scary. I love chard!

  2. Tina says:

    I skip the bacon and have my greens pure. Funny story: I was commenting on another bog (British, lovely photos, kindred pollinator fan) and her post that day was a gorgeous photo of rainbow chard. I commented how much I love the crunch of chard in my salads. She was aghast! She’d never heard of eating chard raw, only cooked. Are you one of the cooked chard community?

    • plumdirt says:

      I’ll eat the very little leaves on my salad. Mostly I either saute them with bacon, add carrots or sweet potatoes or zucchini, and pour scrambled eggs on top. (And when I say “I” I mean that I eat it, my husband cooks it.)
      I also really like it in a soup.

      • albert says:

        Thanks for the suggestion about mixing cooked chard with other vegetables and then an egg topping. . Chard looks so nice in the market, but I haven’t known how to enjoy it at the table. My Dear would probably like the little-leaves salad idea too.

      • plumdirt says:

        It’s also delicious chopped and added to a soup! A broth type one with sausage is one of my favorite soups to add it to.

      • albert says:

        Went back for a third look. Thought I had mis-read. – That’s chard? (that tree). And larkspur, I’ve loved the name but never had such a vision. Great photographs.

      • plumdirt says:

        It is! When it heats up the plant shoots for the sky (bolts) and makes flowers (and then seeds.) I’d guess the height is to both attract more pollinators to make more seeds and also to distribute the fallen seeds more widely on the wind.

      • albert says:

        Very practical. Clever designer!

  3. Shannon says:

    We have plans to turn a huge chunk of our yard to coastal prairie (which is most likely was before it was cleared for a residence). I’ll have to check if Larkspur would work in our area so I can (or not) add it to my list of must-haves. Gorgeous!

    Your butterfly is some variety of hairstreak; we get the grey ones here. Is this the new yard? Or last pics of the old yard? I’m clueless I’ve been away so long.

    • plumdirt says:

      This is the old house still. We close in two more weeks if all goes well, so until then I go pick greens, carrots, and cabbage. The asparagus and garlic will be coming with me permanently soon enough 😉

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