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January 17, 2022 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Energizing the blooming maniacs

Giant Sequoias (Image by m01229/Flickr/

The original circle back: Giant Sequoias (Image by m01229/Flickr/

Across the West-of-the-Mississippi states, certain places seem to be energy vortexes or to hold mystical power.

Like Sedona (AZ), Mount Shasta (CA), and Denali (AK).

Places that just feel different – Of unusual energy; of unexplained occurrences.

Wondering if our yard is something like that – or more like the Bermuda Triangle (If we had Bermuda grass instead of St. Augustine grass…)

Any live thing that finds it’s way here, seems to plant “You’ve arrived and hit the big time” in its’ DNA

You, of course, remember the everlasting, eternal pumpkins? (If not, here….and here….and here…)

We and Molly Malamute, newly installed RC of the Realm, are beginning to understand that RC Cat, the former despot Beloved Fearless Leader, wasn’t whispering “…honor and admire profoundly and respectfully the grass” about our lawn – or any of the neighborhood yards – or dog walk zones, but about the cat grass.

So the dog has been wearing out her nose sniffing and dawdling along on long walks for nothing!

It is not her’s or our fault. It was always difficult to discern exactly what RC Cat’s paw was waving at  – such grand sweeping waves …and to ask was asking for trouble….

Memorial cat grass in planter (©image copyrighted, all rights reserved, NO permissions granted)

Memorial cat grass in planter. A special mix – she was quite picky about it. Organic, grown from seeds here in fresh special organic soil. The instructions said the grass was designed to grow only for a short time before cratering no matter what you tried to do to keep it alive. But somehow it always lasted a very long time…probably by command and if staff totally ignored it.  No doubt the cat had a magic touch, an iron will, and dared anyone or anything to defy her wishes even across time and space.(© image)

So now clarified, we are wondering just how long it will grow on.

Is it another pumpkin phenomenon?

Is it a cat and mouse game from beyond?

Afraid to ask too much. (But will offer it the brief water shower as has been done in the past. Stay tuned.)

This plant isn’t the first “Ah, I’m home and shall be here forever” instance.

  • There’s the Lantana bush on the side – affectionately known as the “Bush that ate the house”. Arrived as a tiny rescue from a sand dune in Galveston just before a developer bull dozed the untouched natural area for mega-beach houses for the very rich and foolish as they are built on the beach outside the sea wall Happily existing in a pot, Lantana sprawls and blooms wildly – taller than the house gutter – a virtual  grocery store for bees, monarchs (many still wintering in the area), and squirrels. It retreats to its’ roots each winter, is covered by leaves and mulch after being cut back to a nub in late winter, then gloriously rises every spring no matter how frozen it gets. During last year’s terrible freeze it even sheltered a 7 foot hibiscus with brushy Lantana arms of dried leaves. The previously proud, high dollar hibiscus humbled and now sorry for previous summer bloom scornings about her leggy bedmate, is slowly recovering under the watchful shelter offered by ordinary, but gracious Lantana.


  • Just as remarkable is the citrus tree that was several years old and some seven feet tall – until that dreadful winter freeze. Staff was careful to offer much water (when the faucet wan’t frozen up), but while valiantly trying to recover, poor tropical citrus tree suffered mightily. No careful cautious pruning to green wood. No amount of encouraging light liquid fertilizer was able to stop the demise. Eventually staff cut the trunk down to a few inches tall hoping there might be some energy – some life left in the roots. Everyone laughed at the efforts. Yet, observe: A phoenix of plants. It’s more than just alive. Look the phenomenal grown in less than a year.
Citrus tree revival. From a three inch diameter trunk stub to this lovely beauty in one year. You tell me that is normal for a woody trunked tree. (© Image copyrighted, all rights reserved, NO permissions granted)

From a three inch diameter trunk stub to this lovely beauty in less than a year. You tell me that is normal for a woody trunked tree. I guess it’s best to ignore it like the cat grass and let whatever is going on, go on.(© Image)

Do you remember that sickeningly, sweet poster:

“Bloom where you are planted”

Some have that perfected.

Wonder if Earth energies can seep into people, too

After yard work, do I look more charged? Less wrinkles?(Physical and mental? HaHa)

“Molly, do you really have to eat dirt for it to work?”

(I see that earthworm drooping out your lips. Uh, no thanks)

Molly’s not sure, but recommends walking barefooted and rolling in it.

What promotes lightheartedness and laughter is worth its’ weight in soul.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge



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  1. shoreacres / Jan 17 2022 6:48 am

    Well, get ready to protect that citrus. The word from the gurus is that real winter is coming, coming — I’m going to make use of every hour over 50 degrees this week, because the fun is about to end. I saw the S word mentioned in the Space City Weather blog this morning. Ooops! As for your larger point, you may be on to something. A certain pencil cactus that’s just been sitting around looking green suddenly has put on a growth spurt. Maybe the soil in its pot is the reason!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 17 2022 7:58 am

      Didn’t just fall off the turnip truck as they used to stay – pretty wary – especially after last year’s toasty warm weeks immediately before the hard cold….the plants are still up next to the house – and the heavy moving blankets did not get folded away and stored after that last little brrrr, brisk chilling wind and covering time. Luckily the citrus is still compact enough to be easily wrapped.
      I have resisted that urge to early spring trim a few things – just a hunch. (Will check out the local weather blog source)
      Meanwhile storing up the sun while we can.
      Thanks for digging in here with a grounded comment

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      • shoreacres / Jan 17 2022 8:11 am

        That’s right. One of the first things I learned when I moved here was “Don’t trim the roses before Valentine’s Day.” On the other hand? Strawberry picking has commenced at Frobergs Farm!

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 17 2022 8:23 am

          Guess that explains all the loaded strawberry trays in HEB on sale…ah, the strawberry smells in the aisle.
          Right now I have left over summer flowers blooming as well as limp sweltering winter flowers. Total confusion. The early spring bridal wreath bush burst into bloom yesterday..and the spring weeds are popping up.
          These monarchs need to move on …too much grasshoppering going on.
          Not packing up the plant blankets or removing the frozen water bottles quite yet…disturbing how much of the area lost power with a couple of days of strong winds…providers not very prepare and has not done what should be routine wire/power line maintenance…or maybe it’s the admin. suggested way of limiting travel and lowering pollution levels….no electricity pulls the plug on those acceptable vehicles…but extreme heat or cold destroying batteries/ battery life more quickly. Oh, silly. What an idea


  2. Ally Bean / Jan 17 2022 8:20 am

    It’s snowy here today. Like it should be in winter. However it’s delightful to read about people doing spring-y things. A subtle reminder that this weather will pass soon enough.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 17 2022 8:28 am

      Yeah, they are predicting possible sleet and frost starting Thurs.
      Time to head to the store for bread and a few ingredients for some nice warm meals…along with the hot weather fare.
      The pantries and closets here have to shift seasonal gears quickly.
      But right now – the early blooming Bridal Wreath bush is showing white blooms and Molly’s looking forward to swimming later today with her friends. (and no wonder we all get sick with these rapid weather shifts)
      Stay warm and thanks for planting a comment here

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  3. pIEdTyPe / Jan 17 2022 9:10 am

    You do know it’s still only mid-January, right? As for your assorted vegetation, my dad used to practice what he called “benign neglect.” It worked wonders.


  4. Kate Crimmins / Jan 17 2022 9:51 am

    We have winter here. Single digit temps for a few days. Now it warming somewhat (can you call upper 30s warm?). We had snow yesterday followed by rain so the remaining snow (most was washed away) is too heavy to shovel. Still not complaining. Better than the 26″ snowstorm we had last year right before we moved.


  5. disperser / Jan 17 2022 10:28 am

    After many years of tending outdoor and indoor plants, we no longer have any indoor plantings. As for outdoor, my goal is to eventually have nothing but a rock garden. It might take a while.

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  6. Irene Tobias Rodriguez / Jan 19 2022 7:25 am

    Way to go, citrus tree.
    We had an ornamental maple once that was dying so we cut it down.
    As we were deciding what to plant in its place, low and behold it started to grow a new trunk. No… That is not a maple, but an oak planted by the resident squirrel. The squirrel made the decision for us. It is now a great shade tree. An then there is the pussy willow stump that will not give up with its multiple new growths.


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