Our 2021 garden: more brightness
The predicted rain never came today, but then, neither did the predicted high of the day, so I went ahead and watered the gardens in the late afternoon. Having mentioned the Ozark Nest Egg gourds in my previous post, I just had to get a picture when I found this. A single Ozark Nest Egg flower blooming. Still no gourds, though; all the buds appear to be male flowers, so far. There is nothing on…
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this was an icebreaker for the master naturalist class i took and i think its an interesting question:
if you could only plant two plants for the rest of your life, what would they be?
While collecting more seeds this morning the Bees 🐝 were working 😍
I wish I cared about anything as much as people on my local Nextdoor care about the city not mowing the medians around Columbia.
Neo made vigourous motions in her cell.
"I honestly have no idea what you want." Winter said to her. In reply, Neo turned around in a huff. She didn't know what she wanted, either.
* * *
Jaune was going through the gardening tools and supplies. The tools had been ignored for maybe over century, and were all seized. The seeds were maybe salvagable, but were not exactly labelled. Cleaned seeds did last, but he wasn't sure how long. They usually just planted them the next season.
"Jaune-jaune?" Nora asked.
"Yeah, Nora?" he replied, and turned to see Ren and Nora there. "What's up, guys?"
"I have a crazy question." Nora continued.
"Where are Uncle Qrow, and you know, Mr. Xiao Long and Ms. Branwen staying?"
Jaune looked blank for a moment. "I thought they were in the servants' quarters, which... we really have to do something about. Can't we call them like Other Quarters or something?"
"You're the boss." Nora stated.
"Winter and Taj share a floor, while Ilia is alone on hers." Ren stated.
"She's what?" Jaune asked.
"She stated she is on the only one on the third floor." Ren continued.
"Then where are they staying?" Jaune asked.
"That's what I'm sayin'." Nora added.
* * *
Jaune walked out of the guardhouse on the roof and saw Ruby balancing perilously on one of the parapets, with Weiss nervously looking nearby.
"You have never had the best of balance?" Weiss nervously said to her.
"Ruby?!" Nora shouted as she walked out of the guardhouse, causing Ruby to nearly lose her balance, and Weiss nearly began to panick.
"She... can Petal Burst?" Jaune asked, and both looked at him, confused. "Okay, not why I'm here, uh, Ruby?" he asked, and she proudly stood up straight.
"Where's your Uncle Qrow staying?" Jaune asked.
"Is she not staying with Winter?" Weiss asked.
"That's not what Winter said." Nora stated.
"Ilia?" Ruby asked, only to see Jaune shaking his head.
"Then where is he staying?" Weiss asked.
"And how about your dad, and, uh, Raven?" Jaune asked.
Ruby Petal Burst down and gave Jaune a hug and then kiss on the cheek. "Let's ask them." she eagerly said.
"Then, perhaps?," Ren asked, "You could tell us where they are?"
"Oh?!" Ruby asked, "They are down the, um, hill?"
"Ramparts." Weiss said, with Jaune uncertainly bobbing his head back and forth. She then turned to Jaune, "Are they not ramparts?"
"If they were fortified." Jaune stated.
"Ah, yes." Weiss quipped, then turned to the guardhouse, "Then let us get to the bottom of this conundrum."
* * *
JNR + RW walked out the front door and down the hill. "Uncle Qrow!" Ruby shouted.
"Kiddo?!" Qrow replied and jumped up on a rock. He waved at her, and she waved back. The group walked up to him.
"So, question?" Jaune asked.
"Where have you been sleeping?" Ruby asked.
"Ah, the jig is up." Qrow stated, "I'm a hobo."
"He does kind of look like a hobo, except for the cape." Nora stated.
"It is tattered." Ren added.
"Cute." Qrow stated, "Truth is, I'm used to sleeping rough, and this place is kind of supposed to be your honeymoon getaway." he then shrugged.
"I am quite certain we would be content if you stayed with us." Ren stated.
"Sweet." Qrow replied, "But I'm fine."
"Alright?" Jaune asked, "What about Taiyang and Raven?"
"Dad!" Taiyang shouted, and jumped up.
"I... already have a dad..." Jaune uttered.
"Daddy!" Ruby shouted, causing Weiss to pinch her. "Ow."
"What did we learn?" Weiss asked her.
"How about pa?" Qrow asked.
"I really don't know how I feel about that?" Jaune asked, and then shook his head, looking back at Taiyang. "Anyways, where have you guys been sleeping?"
Raven then jumped up. "Out here, of course. Don't let Tai's little shack in Patch fool you, he's at home wherever he is."
"And you are?" Nora asked.
"At home with him." Raven stated.
"Wouldn't that mean?.." Ren asked, "I mean, all of these years?.."
"I haven't had a home?" Raven asked, and turned to look away. "Whatever you think about me, I didn't want to run away."
"I think you care deeply about Yang." Jaune said, "You made a mistake," he continued, and she looked at him, "a mistake that hurt Yang deeply. Her entire world seemed to unravel because of it."
"And you're tying her up, now?" Raven asked.
"Who told you?" Jaune asked, "I mean..." he tried to say as he became flustered.
"Like mother like daughter." Taiyang voiced.
"Tai." Raven harshly admonished him.
"I'm pretty sure he's figured it our, Rae." Qrow said to her.
"I am?.." Jaune asked, and then paused for thought, trying to find the best way to say it, "Not surprised."
"So?" Nora asked, and everyone looked at her, "What happens if Jaune spanks Raven? Is that like cheating?" Jaune sighed and hung his head. Raven blushed and turned away.
"And they wonder why I drink?" Qrow asked.
* * *
Blake looked up from her book in the library to watch Yang approach. "Can I help you?" she asked.
"Chill, Contrary, I just want to chill."
Blake stood and walked over to the nearby couch. She pointed at it. Yang laid down on it and Blake snuggled up to her. Yang gently started petting her ears and hair as Blake snuggled up to her bossom.
* * *
"Hello?!" Cinder called into the tower.
"Intruders!" Nora shouted, and jumped around the corner. Ren sauntered around a moment later.
"Guests." he stated.
"Aren't they prisoners?" Nora asked.
"It's just me." Cinder stated.
"Still an intruder." Nora said while glaring at Cinder.
"Perhaps we should ask our leader?" Ren asked.
Nora turned back into the tower, "LEADER?!" she screamed, and heard him bugling in reply. A moment later Ruby howled as well. After a few moments heavy, weighted footfalls could be heard on the stairs, and it seemed the tower was shaking as he moved. The shadow of his antlers appeared before he did, and he poked his head out.
"Cinder?" he asked.
"It's just." she tried to say.
"We are trying to earn each other's trust." Jaune paraphrased.
"But?.." Nora asked.
"Trying to earn our trust does not mean she has succeeded." Ren stated, "Further, it is not our trust she is trying to earn, it's that of our leader."
"Would you guys have a problem if she was in here?" Jaune asked. Nora looked at Ren, and Ren stayed silent for a full minute before saying anything.
"In so many words." he stated. "It is entirely rational to be... averse to this."
Jaune hung his head and sighed, "I know." He then looked Cinder in the eyes and stepped towards her. "You'll have to leave."
"But?.." she tried to say, and Jaune's look hardened.
"But - nothing!" he barked, and her fight completely disappeared. She seemed withered and alone.
"That's alright." his voiced softened somewhat, though still had a hard edge. He then pointed her back to the garden, and slowly, listlessly she turned. He stepped up behind her, hand gently on the small of her back, slowly, but unrelentingly pushing her towards the garden door. He gently but firmly shoved her out the door. When she regained her balance she looked back, seeing his stark silhouette against the doors before he turned to close them. "I'm afraid you'll have to settle for my company."
"If we can't even enter your home, how can we earn your respect?" she asked.
"It's my trust you need, not my respect. I doubt you'll ever get my respect."
"How can you say that?" she asked.
Jaune eyed her for a moment before breathing in deeply. "Simply put, you're a monster."
"But?.." she tried to say.
"Oh, don't try to deny it!" he shouted at her, and Ruby and Weiss' form appeared in the library, looking out. "With everything you've done, do you really think you could be so easily forgiven? Or at all?.." Her soul seemed to die inside her as she hunched forward. "How can you be so broken inside?"
"Do you really want to know?" she asked him.
"No! I don't!" he replied. "I don't know what happened in your past, but I don't know ANYTHING that can justify what you've done! Pyrrha was the best of us, and you took her away from us!.. and Remnant." Yang and Blake appeared on the roof, looking down at them.
"Do you miss her that much?" Cinder asked.
"Yes, I do!" Jaune nearly shrieked, with tears in his eyes. "Remant is worse without her! She was the ONLY ONE in Beacon who believed in me, who trusted me, how taught what I should have already known... She was also one of the kindest, sweetest, most generous women I have ever known, the greatest Huntress I could ever hear of." Jaune wiped the tears with the back of his hand.
"She was just..." Cinder tried to say.
"Just what?!" Jaune screamed at her, and she realized there was nothing she could say to quell his anger. But if there was nothing she could say?
"Then how can I possibly earn your trust?" she asked. She breathed in deep trying to regain some semblance of composure.
"All I know for sure is that you want to try." he replied.
man i’m so hot
i love walking by this house so much 🦋🐝 ✨
this yard is absolutely bursting with milkweed and echinacea and all sorts of flowers! it’s so incredible.
Love is always in bloom.
Burr, she/her, ??? years old. Palm’s scout.
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A character portrait of Burr, who is a short, stocky plant person with a spiky light orangish-brown head. She wears a dark ninja-esque outfit with boots and a light orange sash around the middle. She has sharp fingers. Around her grow thistle plants, and below her is a banner punctured by a few burrs that reads ‘Burr’.
Tbh I kinda like the idea of Quarians looking a bit plant-like
Like sure, it doesn't make much sense from an evolutionary perspective but it would be nice from a visual storytelling perspective
Nyctinasty (flower response to light: opening with or closing without light) in hibiscus plants is a mechanism to protect against adverse conditions such as cool temperatures that can be damaging. Through a lack of light stimulus and circadian rhythms the plant is able to trigger the molecular movement of ions to allow for the closing of the flower. Click photograph for larger view in new tab.…
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Wildflowers in the field behind our house…
does anyone else constantly feel like a video game character
our small garden in the city attracts a lavish variety of native bees