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Portraits from our yard: episode 12

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A zillion years ago, give or take a few years, Eve bought a sage at a Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center plant sale. Here’s a descendant of that plant as it looked in our back yard on August 19th. I figure it’s scarlet sage, Salvia coccinea.


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Here’s a telling four-minute video revealing a division of opinion on the policy of requiring voters to show a government-issued ID. If you watch the video, make sure to keep on through the second half. It may well make you wonder who the racists really are. The video’s interviews with real people also remind me of a recent post in The Babylon Bee, which is a satirical publication along the lines of The Onion.

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August 24, 2021 at 4:35 AM

The red and the green of cedar sage

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Above is a flower spike of cedar sage, Salvia roemeriana, from a reliable embankment along Morado Circle on March 21. When I call the embankment reliable I mean that for the past few years it has hosted cedar sage flowers each spring. The embankment is also reliably steep enough and covered with enough dry leaves that I’ve had a hard time holding my position on it to take pictures. In addition, the dust put into the air by a body repeatedly sliding in the dry leaf litter does “wonders” in mere minutes for the allergies of said body.

But that’s what handkerchiefs are for. My perseverance also produced a sun-sieved picture of the cedar sage’s rounded, lobed leaves and fuzzy stems:

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 17, 2016 at 5:10 AM

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