Tuesday, April 30, 2013

little frog

Sometimes when I'm looking up random things on Wikipedia or Google, I enjoy thinking back to life before the Internet. I'll never forget the months I spent begging my parents for our first computer explaining that the word processor just wasn't cutting it anymore. I still chuckle when I think about all the annoyance I caused chatting with friends on AIM taking up the one land line we had at the house.

Today my random search was for Ranunculus. I've planted a few things around the yard in an effort to develop a green thumb or at least squash my black thumb a bit. I discovered my specialty is primarily cactus, which obviously require essentially no care. However, I've had some luck with our fruit trees and now my Ranunculus are blooming too. Apparently, the word ranunculus is Late Latin for "little frog." They didn't look like I expected, hence the web search. It turns out Buttercups are a member of the Ranunculaceae family, which is much closer to looking to the Ranunculus I have in my yard. I had hoped they would be the multi-layered version often used in floral arrangements. Still I did luck out and end up with pink ones, which sounds rare according to the article. Another thing I found exciting is the flowers seem to tuck themselves in in the evening back to a bud state.

my ranunculus
June, our avocado tree
Johnny, our grapefruit tree

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