IT FEELS LIKE 100 YEARS, but it has “only” been about a month. I know because I checked in my calendar for the week where everything was canceled “till further notice,” and also for the date when I did my last in-person shopping. And I also checked on Instagram, to see what I’d “said” in reaction so far. That train of thought (in case you don’t follow me there yet):
EUROPEAN UNION? The first Apis mellifera aka European honey bee I see each year is always having at the first Eranthis hyemalis or winter aconite to open, likewise a European species. I don’t know enough to know if their distant ancestors did the same dance way back when, but I like to wonder (and I like to imagine they might have, cause that’s how my brain works). And now I will spend 57 hours reading esoteric botanical and entomological research papers on the native ranges of each if I can even find them, because it beats reading the news lately. By a mile.
SURVIVORS! Lichen and moss are ancient creatures, living on earth for hundreds of millions of years already through thick and thin. When I filled the bird feeder this morning, I looked more closely than I usually do at the community that has formed using a slat of a very old wooden bench as its substrate, and just thought: right, hunker down and stay put. Thank you, lichen and moss for setting an example (and for just being so beautiful in your unfancy way). How are you all out there doing your version of hunkering? #socialdistancing
AND ANOTHER ROOMMATE: This morning I came downstairs to be greeted by a firefly larva, who was apparently reading my notes to self from yesterday. In my hand was a cup into which I had already scooped 11 Asian lady beetles to put outside. Spiders of all descriptions, stink bugs, you name it….and that tachinid fly from a couple of posts ago. I am sheltering in place in this old house that is an entire microbiome, full of life. Hilarious, and a great distraction keying each new visitor out on bugguide.net and learning about their lives. Who are you homebound with?
THIS DEPENDABLE old friend knew I needed cheering (don’t we all?) and did its thing right when the headlines were relentless and the weather here outside mostly gray and drippy. Thank you, dear yellow Clivia … which I think came to me as a tiny-tot eons ago from wholesalers San Marcos Growers via a friend. #awaytogarden #clivia #cliviaminata #houseplantsofinstagram