Tuesday, October 2, 2012
It's a finish!
Of course, those child-friendly hexagons were all cut and marked and that was not only the inspiration, but a time-saver.
The size is about 47 x 48 inches ... about as square as I could get with hexagons.
I added writing in the turquoise strip ...
"I Spy .. a teddy bear, a kitty sitting on a chair,
A boat, a truck, a car, a train,
A lion with a fluffy mane,
Fish with bubbles, fish with flowers,
The face of a clock showing hours,
Postage stamps to send the mail,
A lizard with a curly tail,
Bugs that fly and buzz and crawl,
A ripened pumpkin in the Fall,
An elephant, some yummy fruit, a froggy playing on a flute. Love in every stitch ..October 2012
Here it is ... hanging on the park fence among the goya
A male flower...
This is on the park-side of the fence so I am not sure if it will be picked by the plant owner or by a park visitor or just left to ripen and drop seeds.
Where often the vine seems used for shade, this one may be providing some privacy for the house-owner adjoining the park.
Looks like a win-win to me and that wall of green gives a feeling of "cool", something we can use on these hot humid days of early fall.
"Higan" is the Autumnal Equinox, which is an important Buddhist festival for the dead. The flowers are often found planted around cemeteries, rice paddies, and edges of fields.
Lycoris radiata, belongs to the family, Amarrillidaceae.
The genus name comes from Lycoris, the beautiful Greek Goddess of the Sea.
The flowers come first, poking up rather quickly on their stems and burst into bloom before you have even noticed them among the shrubbery. The leaves will come later after the flowers fade.
I have read that the bulb is poisonous.
Some people don't like these in their garden because of the association with death. One of the common names is "Shibito-bana", literally, flower of the dead.
Obviously, I do not have those hang-ups. I love seeing them in the fall as a harbinger of cooler days to come.
As an aside, I grew up in a home where plants were often referred to by their Latin names. When my own children were growing up, I was shocked to hear the headmaster of their school state that using those Latin names was a way scientists talked in order to sound snobbish.
I have told my children and my Scouts not to be afraid of those Latin names, they are the true names of the plant. Once you know that Latin name, you can see how it is related to other plants all over the world. ... even more than looking at the leaves or bark of a tree, once you find that name, you can get a big "Ahah" moment. You even find out how many trees and flowers have common names that are mis-leading.... like the hundreds of trees called "cedar".
(and that goes for birds too which are sometimes victims of mis-naming).
A rose by any other name smells just as sweet. Yes, and my dad loved roses, but he passed the love of nature to all his children and a certain curiosity to learn the rest of the story. Thanks Dad!