we are Groot: gardening with swordwhale (we’re doomed)

I was forced to get a small Groot windup toy… apparently Wally World has them but I found this online at the Disney store stupid cheap. Compared to more expensive versions of Baby Groot, this is one of the best looking ones, and the best price. He’s about 5″ high, perfect for miniature photography in nature. I find my pretty good Coolpix L100 digital camera does not want to focus on closeup subjects. I often fool the auto focus by putting a piece of mat board or stiff paper right in front of the subject (Groot, for instance), that is, AGAINST the subject. Paper with color of some sort, pics or type, on it is better than white paper. You can also blur up your background a bit more in Photoshop to make your subject stand out and look sharper. A smudge or clone tool can hide the joints of any action figure.

By the strawberry pot… which is producing exactly one, count’em ONE strawberry…

wild strawberries in the grass… some people seem to want that astroturf lawn (then frickin put in astroturf!!!*&^%*&^%636!) and try to get rid of these. A diverse set of plants in your yard is healthier for everything including wildlife and pollinators, as well as being able to survive changing conditions easier. These never grow tall like grass, are hardy, perennial, and spread by runners. And yes, you can eat them. Or that’s what it says on other sites I checked. Be sure to clearly identify anything you’re picking and eating!!!!

Groot guards the native hibiscus in pots…


a rubber horse tub turned into a toadpool… one floating water hyacinth (invasive in the south, no problem in the wintery north), some oxygenators (Submerged Aquatic Vegetation or SAVs), something billed as arrowroot …


apparently you can eat it…

The arrowroot is an aquatic plant with arrow-shaped leaves and potatolike tubers in the mud.  The Sagittaria species is sometimes referred to as Arrowhead, Katnisss, Swan Potato, Tule Potato, or Duck Potato.

Um, no I don’t think they named it after the Hunger Games hero… she was actually named after the plant.

Katniss Everdeen is the heroine of the popular Hunger Games trilogy by SuzanneCollins, whose name comes from the (very real) edible aquatic plant of the genus Sagittaria. Katniss‘s father tells her that if she “finds herself,” she’ll never go hungry. Other unusual botanical names in the series include Primrose, Posy, Rue, and Clove, all for girls. https://nameberry.com/babyname/Katniss

Locally you can find it on tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. It looks a lot like pickerel weed but is more arrowhead shaped. The word is a local Native ( likely Algonquian) name for the plant.

The tub contains tadpoles rescued from a shrinking puddle in the horse pasture. There is no filter but the plants should provide food, shelter and oxygen. You can also change some of the water regularly.

river rocks holding base of arrowroot down with tadpoles resting … camera focuses on surface of water not bottom


water hyacinth, it will bloom a nice purple flower

meanwhile in the lotus pot…

tadpoles getting leg bumps, resting on floating leaves

the leaves shed water… in the wild or in pots, some leaves float on the water, some rise above it on stalks

this is the native American Lotus

they will live nicely in pots, as long as you fertilize with the proper water plant tablets

in the wild the leaves are the size of a tire, the flowers as big as both your hands together… 

wild lotus…




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