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April 13, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Behind the wall, she waits.

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There’s something mysterious about her.

She’s always there – looking over the stout brick fence. Not sure if she’s spying or intrigued by the activity along the green belt.

Never tries to duck or looks embarrassed if spotted.

Sometimes a small nod or slight wave.

But no words from her.

old woman drinking tea.1907. Mancini 1852-1930/USPD:artist life/

Resigned to what life brings. (Mancini/USPD/


Some widowed relative kindly offered shelter or a wayward cousin sent after getting into trouble?

Always outside “not wanting to be a bother” and staying out of the way?

Or desperately looking  for rescue?

While intrigued, it’s been a little awkward to snap a pix.

Not knowing her position in the household.

Or her emotional state.

Intruding might prove sticky.

Still, there’s something about her. “Being of the world, but not in it”

Bet she answers the phone with a booming “To whooooommmm do you wish to speak?”

There every day: an observer a bit off kilter.

Maddeningly odd.

So I jerked  guided the Really? Must you smell every blade of grass obedient dog in the direction where Lady Enigma stood peeking down like Rapunzel.

Would the seeds of conversation be the start of anything?

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More amused than ever after being up close and personal.

Somehow the cheery old dear reminds me of Carmen Miranda.

Not out of her gourd, that one.

Bet affection grows if you give her a chance.

1941. Carmen Miranda."Week-End in Havana" trailer screenshot. 20th Century Fox /,no cr/

Oh, let’s party. Being planted in this little garden is rather boring. (1941.Carmen Miranda”Week-End in Havana”20th Century Fox /USPD/

I keep thinking she’s watching for Uber.

More avant-garde inner city than subdued suburban ranch.

Won’t be surprised if she vanishes only to be spotted in pictures of some socialite’s garden party.

1941 Carmen Miranda and Cesar Romero."Week-End in Havana"20th Century Fox/ USPD:, pub. photo for press/

Now this is more her footloose tropical style. (1941Carmen Miranda.Cesar Romero/20th Century Fox/ USPD/

Whimsy happens.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

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Carmen Miranda? Phyllis Diller? Sideshow Bob’s sister? There’s something uniquely sweet about her…whatever she is. ©




  1. easyweimaraner / Apr 13 2015 12:38 pm

    that’s a great plant… I want one too …Think you’re right that could be Sideshow Bob’s sister LOL


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 13 2015 1:50 pm

      That plant gives me such a giggle every time we walk by. Wouldn’t be surprised to see clown shoes on her behind that fence…high heel clown shoes. I swear she says “Toodles!” Thanks for joining the being her fan, too

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  2. shoreacres / Apr 13 2015 12:48 pm

    That sure as heck looks like papaya. I had them in the yard in Liberia, and my gosh, those fruit were good. I just did a google image search, and I’m even more sure that’s what it is. I had no idea they’d grow here. That thing must have been babied like crazy. Either that or it’s a sculpture of a papaya tree.

    If that thing’s real…. well…. Oh, surely no one could be tempted toward fruit stealing. Well, at least not tempted enough to make a real run at it.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 13 2015 1:57 pm

      Papaya? Can’t figure out what she is. I was going to show someones at Maas nursery a picture yesterday, but phone was totally dead.
      Other than being situated right where the first rays of the sun come up each morning, and being sheltered between the brick wall and some large trunked palm trees, she’s not getting any extra attention/help at all.
      You’ll have to come over – you’ve got a better camera. The wall is a bit tall there for climbing, though
      A pampered papaya – no wonder she’s so confident and silly. Thanks for giving her a wave.


  3. Kate Crimmins / Apr 13 2015 1:22 pm

    Funny looking bananas!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 13 2015 2:00 pm

      We’ve been watching that plant all winter – Shoreacres below thinks they are papaya. I was guessing some sort of gourd, but it looks more banana like. Have noticed the squirrels and bird watching them,too…like the neighbor’s fig tree. They shop local grocery and in season produce. Thanks for picking out a comment to leave

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  4. Ally Bean / Apr 13 2015 2:15 pm

    A mystery right where I’d least expect one. How fun! Hope one of those whatever-they-ares doesn’t fall on your head. On the other hand, at least then you’d know what kind of fruit it really is.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 13 2015 3:37 pm

      Weird, right? Not one hint of cold weather coddling either – although she does get the first rays of sun each day in that location and maybe the wall radiates heat on cold days. Squirrels seem to be watching it, so if they steal one and take a bite, maybe We’ll get a clue. Shoreacres below thinks it’s papaya…but we’re going to have to do some stealth investigations. Thanks for hanging around to puzzle along


  5. Littlesundog / Apr 13 2015 3:03 pm

    There’s nothing more interesting, causing a little gossip and wonder, than the strange next-door neighbor. It’s the mystery of it all that keeps us walking by for a glimpse or a peek. She’s different, gorgeous, and bold… and yet, inviting. I like her.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 13 2015 3:40 pm

      I like your description of her. She seems friendly enough – yet that distance and mystery. Must enlist a squirrel to investigate. Other than sitting on the fence there, the hawk seem totally uninterested. Thanks for walking along for a visit

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      • Littlesundog / Apr 13 2015 3:43 pm

        Well you have to remember, hawks are only in it if there is a meal… and I don’t recall them being interested in exotic fruit. I think your idea about a squirrel investigation is the ticket. They’re quick, thorough and take matters in hand if necessary. I’d find an older, more experienced operation. These young ones I have aren’t skilled enough for that job… I can tell ya right now!! 🙂


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 13 2015 4:12 pm

          We think it’s papaya. As there’s a brief break in the rain today, the creatures are all out. We actually ran Molly over next to a small dog friend when the hawk suddenly swooped into the tree above and was looking a bit too interested. It’s been common to see the hawks on the tops of roofs with wings spread out wide in the (brief) sun trying to dry off a bit. Everyone’s out and foraging before the next set of storms. The dogs are thrilled to see each other as we’ve al been so isolated indoors…although Molly insists fresh air and exercise will make any cough/sneeze leave faster…but not sure about all the wading and wet feet. We’ve turned down the squirrels’ offers to run her down the block for us.

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  6. marthaschaefer / Apr 13 2015 6:20 pm

    Definitely a papaya or Paw Paw as we used to say in the islands! She is lovely!!


  7. pegoleg / Apr 14 2015 2:22 pm

    Those are huge papayas, if that’s what it is. Is there a hawk somewhere in the pictures? I can’t see one, but it could be because I’m blinded by Carmen Miranda’s headdress.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 15 2015 8:40 pm

      The hawk was actually perched on the roof top. He had his wings all spread out trying to dry them – he was obviously drenched. We’re all pretty soggy…and more big storms due in the next two days…my new floor color is muddy earth. Thanks for dancing along…(Oh, did you see the Esther Williams video at the bottom the next post – now that’s entertainment that Carmen would approve of!)


  8. roughseasinthemed / Apr 14 2015 10:58 pm

    Def not gourd, but nothing like that round our way. Now is nisperos, and other goodies are aguates and chirimoyas. But not your tantalising neighbour. Good luck if any fall your way …


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 15 2015 8:04 pm

      Yesterday there was a big squirrel perched on the queen palm beside it – the squirrel seemed to by eyeing the distance and preparing to hop over for an inspection. Pretty sure it’s papaya. Wonder if they get fruit from it every year? Must check in with squirrel to see what he thinks. Getting ready for big storms again tomorrow, so have been sunning the dogs and tucked a few plants in where the winter ones died. Mosquito warnings already out…so I’ll be hiding inside shortly. Thanks for climbing over to chat


  9. EllaDee / Apr 15 2015 5:09 am

    Yep, paw paw / papaya. Our neighbours had one too but these are the neighbours I’m sure I’ve mentioned that have no mercy with greenery and aren’t afraid to wield a powered cutting tool, They prefer food from direct from packets not from pesky trees whose only purpose is to impede their view of neigbourhood happenings! Regardless of how delicious the bounty might be they take no prisoners 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 15 2015 8:21 pm

      That plant is not common here at all – I’d remember anything that silly looking. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if there were clown shoes behind that fence – high heeled ones! I was quite disappointed that our little citrus tree’s fruit is mostly ornamental – little taste, but he white flowers smell so sweet, it’s ok. One of our neighbors has a huge fig tree – we all fight the squirrels off for some. With this rain, there should be a bumper crop (and more violent storms expected tomorrow…got Molly and the German out sunning and poking around while they can,) Thanks for identifying the mysterious neighbor!

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  10. Paul / Apr 15 2015 8:02 am

    As one of your readers commented Phil, be careful in your selection of the clandestine squirrel operative. I saw one the other day stretched out on a branch in the sun sound asleep with all four legs hanging down on either side of a large branch. Such a mission specialist could jeopardize the fact finding mission on which you intend to dispatch her/him. I would suggest that you assemble a screening panel composed of at least one Molly, one RC cat, a German, and the appropriate staff, in order to maximize the effectiveness of the squirrel operative choice.

    Once the operative has been chosen, then complete secrecy is critical. If the neighbors are expecting your squirrel, they could set up a diversion and all would be for naught.

    I shall remain ever vigilant and be eagerly awaiting the outcome of your endeavors. Mum’s the word.

    P.S, – I checked Google images and I do believe that is a papaya tree – except your fruit seems a bit more elongated than the pictures.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 15 2015 8:34 pm

      I tried to stop him! He didn’t get the memo. Yesterday a rather large squirrel scout loped across the wall and lunged into the queen palm right next door to the papaya-ish tree. He was quite intent measuring the distance for the last leap. No doubt he’s an advance operative checking out the fruit. The household may not get even a small papaya nibble if the squirrel army spreads the word….some large bluejays have been coasting by much too close, too. Molly says she’d be happy with the stalk with its’ funny haircut of leaves to shake around. Must plan another walk that way to check out the situation. Thanks for confirming the mystery guest’s identity

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  11. Kourtney Heintz / Apr 16 2015 9:55 pm

    What a beautiful plant. Such character. She is like a colorful older woman keeping watch over the neighborhood. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 16 2015 11:48 pm

      Isn’t she a doozy? Been watching her for some time.(and now a couple of big squirrels are, too.) Can’t you just imagine she could shout out “Toodles” and wave someday? Thanks for planting a comment


  12. jmmcdowell / Apr 16 2015 11:02 pm

    Well, others have beat me to papaya, but I’m intrigued that they’re also called paw paws. There’s a paw paw tree that’s native to a chunk of the Eastern and Midwestern US. The fruits do look similar, though!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 16 2015 11:52 pm

      That’s not what we call paw-paws either. Our native paw paw tree is sometimes found where old rural homesteads/graves are – Wonder if they brought them when they went west? That would be an interesting DNA experiment…although the county agents/forestry people already have charted that out. Funny how things arrive in their destination. Thanks for treeing a comment to leave


  13. jannatwrites / Apr 20 2015 4:39 am

    I’ve never seen such a tree… looking at the comments, it is papaya… cool!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 20 2015 5:42 pm

      And went by to check after all the terrible lose power/hail storms all weekend, and saw she’s just perfectly fine. What a wonder. Thanks for picking a comment to leave.


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