“Life will Find a Way”

The warm weather that we’ve had is making things pop above the ground. The Shootingstars (Dodecatheon pulchellum, Dodecatheon hendersonii)are emerging, though i haven’t seen any sign of their brilliant magenta flowers yet. The Western Meadowrue (Thalictrum occidentale) is emerging, unfurling its delicate leaves. The new leaves called attention to a mistake: as we tidied the area around the Meadowrue–which dies back to absolutely nothing in the winter time–we had stacked the flats of dead-looking pots. Yesterday we un-stacked them, hoping they were still alive. Sure enough, even the plants buried deep in the pile were emerging. A little paler than they should have been, but alive. To quote the movie Jurassic Park: “Life will find a way.”

Speaking of Jurassic Park, Tadpole Haven has a new denizen–Tyrannosaurus Gus.  Some of you know that last fall, PJ the Springer Spaniel went to her final reward. She was 16 years old. This Christmas, my children ganged up on me and got me a Brittany spaniel puppy–Gus. A.k.a. Tyrannosaurus Gus, a.k.a. The Gus-inator.

Do you know how hard it is to haul wood chips with a puppy trying to bite the wheelbarrow tires? Or to pull a customer’s order while a spotted monster is chomping the stems of the bought-and-paid-for trees and shrubs? Ah well, Life will find a way.

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Dodecatheon pulchellum

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Tyrannosaurus Gus

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