* My student was recovering from gum surgery yesterday and canceled class so I headed over to the botanical gardens for a stroll. Look, a purple pea pod.
* This reminds me that summer is quickly coming to an end up here. We're not even supposed to get out of the 60s today and tomorrow.
* These are always "mexican skirt flowers" in my mind. Yes, I know it's hibiscus but that sounds like some sort of fungal infection. I like my nomenclature better.
* I wanted to but didn't. If I'd been in the wild there would have been no question. I'm not sure what the policy is at the gardens about grazing. I'm assuming they frown on it.
* The koi in the Japanese garden are so big. And they beg for food like dogs. Someone had some bread and they slithered and writhed all over each other to get a handout.
* I don't understand how they can survive the winter here. After researching a bit, they can survive an iced over pond as long as there is some liquid water. I figure the gardens must keep the pond warm enough for the koi to survive.
* I'm so mesmerized by the lotus flower. From the rot comes exquisite beauty.
* This was cool. I haven't walked through the greenhouse for quite a while. There was this new tree in there with a wrought iron fence around it. Wow, must be something special I thought. Turns out it is the rarest tree in the world with only 100 growing in the wild. It was discovered in 1994 and is so different from anything we know, they had to add a new genus to the plant world.
* When I got back, I played some scramble (boggle) on Facebook. I loved this guy's made up name.