A dragon who decides to hoard mint and various types of mint plants (and not knowing that mint has the mushroom’s blessing of inevitability were ever its planted) can go one of two ways.
1: The dragon is absolutely horrified as the mint engulfs and takes over its den. Its gold? Mint. Its gems and goblets? Mint. Its stores of wine? Mint. No matter what they do they can’t get rid of it.
2: The dragon is delightfully ecstatic as the mint engulfs and takes over its den. It’s a self growing hoard. No matter what any adventurers or knights do, they can’t get rid of it.
✨✨✨ ヽ(✿ﾟ▽ﾟ)ノ ✨✨✨
there is a mature dragon in the game I play in who knows perfectly well what mint is like and, in the giant puzzle maze devoted to showing off eir collections, the largest room is the Room of Minty Paradise, which is packed with mint, has walls full of guides to mint usage, and has magic to further enhance mint growth.
#plants #gardening #dragons #adorable #story ideas I will never write
a couple months ago someone sent me an ask asking if I’d ever heard of Boquila trifoliolata and I was like ‘no way. this can’t be real’ and i looked it up and it was and I forgot about it until just now when my supervisor and I got sidetracked and I looked it up again to prove to her that it’s real and found out that not only does this plant vaguely mimic the leaves of whatever plant it’s vining on, it does it when it climbs on fake plants too so any theories about how it does it that include gene transfer or chemicals or touching it in any way are just out the window and those were like, the only theories the original researchers had about how it might be doing it. so anyway I am screaming and crying and whatnot
Here’s a link to the paper discussing their phenomenon. It really seems like Boquila trifoliolata might be able to “see”, since it’s apparently capable of mimicking the appearance and structure of plastic plants.
Like these are images from the paper I linked above
The one labeled “A” is a normal leaf, the one labeled “B” is Boquila attempting to mimic, the second pic shows what the fake leaves looked like, and the last pic is full mimicry
When lockdown happened in the UK it happened very suddenly. At the law firm I work at, our office building emptied overnight when everyone was told to work from home. No time to clear our desks, no time to bring office plants home.
Fast forward three and a half months – everyone assumes that their plants are dead.
But then! An email goes round! It’s turns out that one of our security guards is a florist, and –
–the security team has moved EVERY SINGLE PLANT from all 12 FLOORS of our office building into the cafeteria. It’s been turned into a temporary greenhouse. Cacti and succulents and spider plants and terrariums and potted ferns
AND! Each plant has been INDIVIDUALLY LABELLED by hand with post-it notes with name and desk location so the plants can go home after lockdown ends
To give some indication of the scale of the endeavour:
If you zoom into the centre right photo you can see one of our security team happily waving
The plants are being taken care of tenderly. They get sun and water and are spending happy times with other plant friends
#…so uh I’m *strongly* legally discouraged from going outside more than the absolute minimum #(legally I have to treat every allergy attack like it might be COVID-19 and go into full lockdown for two weeks) #(surgical masks aren’t always enough even when you can get them and cloth masks are untested and presumably even less perfect) #I think I’m starting to go a bit astronaut #plants #covid19 #allergies #(every year it gets worse‚ my ability to just go enjoy the outdoors ever more restricted) #(I’d wondered what the escalation would be this year‚ hoped that #perhaps the allergist I would visit in January would help me *de*-escalate instead) #(but there was nothing she could do for me and I guess now I fucking know what this year’s escalation is) #tag rambles #(P.S. over dinner today Mom told me the forsythia in the backyard is blooming) #(and I should go appreciate it seeing as how it was my idea in the first place) #(so after posting this I went and opened up the back door to look at it) #(I held my breath) #(and when my lungs began to burn I shut the door again and quickly walked away)
« Nonsense can be made to make sense by supposing some alternative context for it. At the start of his revolutionary work Syntactic Structures (1957), Noam Chomsky cooked up a nonsense sentence in order to explain what he saw as the fundamental difference between a meaningful sentence and a grammatical one. “Colorless green ideas sleep furiously” was proposed as a fully grammatical sentence that had no possible meaning at all.
Within a few months, witty students devised ways of proving Chomsky wrong, and at Stanford they were soon running competitions for texts in which “Colorless green ideas sleep furiously” would be not just a grammatical sentence, but a meaningful expression as well. Here’s one of the prize-winning entries:
It can only be the thought of verdure to come, which prompts us in the autumn to buy these dormant white lumps of vegetable matter covered by a brown papery skin, and lovingly to plant them and care for them. It is a marvel to me that under this cover they are labouring unseen at such a rate within to give us the sudden awesome beauty of spring flowering bulbs. While winter reigns the earth reposes but these colourless green ideas sleep furiously. »
— David Bellos, Translation and the Meaning of Everything