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June 5, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

No Daisy Chained

Couple.Woman looking out window. Man sitting outside. Batten's illustration of The Story of Deirdre, Celtic Fairy Tales, 1891 (USPD., artist's life/

“Your name ain’t Paul, is it?” (USPD/

Some relationships can just rip you apart.

At first meeting, an odd pair: he quiet and awkwardly all feet, she posy pretty and popular, but they were both into nature and organics.

“Actions speak louder than words,” she concluded.

He mumbled something about biting off more than he can chew.

Her friends worry about her sticking up for him. “He’s so needy. You give and give, and he just takes and takes.”

“He tickles me!” she retorts. “Besides we have things in common. Like the frog says, it’s not easy being green. People are always trying to cut you down or brush you off.”

Despite being a nurturing type, she has deep-rooted fears.

He was a swinger. But was she the only one he hung out with?

A restless type, would one day he simply be a no-show?

Once at dinner, he mentioned something about being ready for a change, but quickly went back to eating.

Very large Caterpillar eating lantana leaf ( Image. ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted. No rights reserved)

First mistaken for a weird Lantana leaf. Stylish. Skills of a gymnast. Those little feet! Perfect for an American Ninja Warrior contestant? (© Images)

green caterpillar munching on leaf. (Image. All rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

“C’est la vie, “ Lady Lantana sambas in the breeze. “I am not concerned.

Once there is no denying, once my arms are bare, sensibly, “There must be 50 ways to leave your lover.

Of hardy stock – branched off an old Galveston homestead bush (No, not that Bush family – she lives for beauty, not politics) – Lovely Lady Lantana has weathered many a storm.

An occasional companion in her branches will not scar her for life. After all….

Blooming kind

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge


  1. Kate Crimmins / Jun 5 2018 6:20 am

    Just someone who came for a bite to eat!


  2. easyweimaraner / Jun 5 2018 6:31 am

    yup it’s not easy being green… and sometimes not even scarlett’s magic spell will work… the another day turns into a same sh*t different day …sigh…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 5 2018 7:16 am

      Things grow on you. That’s Nature’s way of smoothing things out…(but we could do with a few less thorns. Or maybe we’re not getting the message clearly…) Sigh.
      Thanks for nosing around the bush here


  3. Ally Bean / Jun 5 2018 6:34 am

    Lady Lantana looks so exotic to me. May she long bloom kind and green.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 5 2018 7:49 am

      That one really is the critters’ Whole Foods. So many feathered, fur, or lizard skinned stop by most of the year for a snack. The original Open 24-7. This one’s in the front to get lots of sun, another’s by the breakfast area window. Early spring, mother birds coax their barely flying fledgings over to practice short branch flights with snacks within easy reach (Moms sit on the fence top and keep an eye on things..just like the human playground, but everyone gets along better. Thanks for giving Lantana best wishes.

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  4. Carrie Rubin / Jun 5 2018 7:37 am

    So many wonderfully strange creatures in this world!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 5 2018 7:57 am

      It’s such a clever design – almost totally invisible. Great for avoiding predators and playful annoyers like cats. We debated whether to relocate to a lantana in the wetlands park close by, but Lantana shrugged and said, “if he only visits for a little bit, no biggie”. We’ll intervene and transport if necessary. Meanwhile the local kids were totally amazed. Magic lives. Thanks for wondering over to comment

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  5. Curt Mekemson / Jun 5 2018 2:52 pm

    True love today, rue love tomorrow on occasion. Still worth the risk. Nothing ventured can be a worse fate. Just saying. –Curt


  6. ShimonZ / Jun 5 2018 10:38 pm

    Liked this, Phil, but I have to admit that my umbel knowledge of your language has me limping far behind… but if Kermit lets me, I’ll sing along and just hum when I don’t know the words…


  7. Roxie / Jun 6 2018 8:16 am

    Garden philosophy verses, perfect pitch! Although I must lament my Lantana refuses to show above ground this year. Like the winter predicting ground hog, summer is officially too much for it to bear.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 6 2018 9:46 am

      Lantana is always slow to show up after winter. We almost despaired….you know the diva arriving dramatically late…just like the plumeria who just tossed a leaf up last week (and now I wonder if I threw the on tin the pot away too soon. ARRRRGH. They are determined to be difficult)
      Thanks for the flowery comment!

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  8. LordBeariOfBow / Jun 6 2018 6:41 pm

    That was the most ludicrous ending to a film. Ever. Should have finished


  9. LordBeariOfBow / Jun 6 2018 6:43 pm

    Lantana is considered a very very bad weed here heres the proof


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 7 2018 4:30 pm

      Blogger Rough Seas of the Med hated lantana and hacked it without mercy. It can be very strong willed and flourishes in this climate so it’s probably native or close to it. (Multiple colors) Anything that can survive hurricanes, droughts, freezes with not one bit of care, I’ll take it. You find old ones along the beaches, prairies, wetlands where homesteads and ranches once were. I dug this one up from a dune between hurricanes and before developers built houses. Plant rescue. Lantana sprawls, has itchy leaves and stems, but is vital for bees, hummingbird migration, butterflies (local and the migrating monarchs) birds, squirrels and small creatures. It really is the regional critter grocery store. Some say early people used it for teas and medicines. Each plant has the place where it needs to be – nature would probably appreciate it if humans stopped trying to relocate her decorations? HAHA Thanks for the link and for leaving this flowering plant here!


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