Greenery and Lizard Games

Let’s have some lightheartedness to take a breath from everything else going on. Spot the lizard!

Spot lizard9a

Yes, it’s there. Here’s a smaller shot.

Spot lizard9b

They move really, really fast… which is impressive, given what you get taught in school about “slow, cold-blooded creatures”. Nooooot so much. Exothermic, yes; but when the outside temps are 80+? They are fast.


Ah, pretty little flowers. With pretty little berries that are best left untouched, and never ever eaten.


They look like mini-tomatoes. They’re nightshade. I tend to pull up the plants when I find them if it’s a yard the dog can get into. Just in case.

Okay, here’s something more cheerful.


I just really liked the texture in the shot. 🙂


Grapefruit! Or it will be in several months. Nom!


26 thoughts on “Greenery and Lizard Games

  1. Any idea what specific variety of nightshade?

    The one at our El Paso place had lovely dark purple/blue flowers, and dark cherries, and was not deadly– just “make you have a very upset stomach” nightshade. The ones in our Seattle area were “make you wish you were dead” nightshade, and a lighter shade of purple.

    As you can tell, I didn’t learn the actual name or folk-name…..

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    1. Actually, there is edible nightshade. Folks from super German backgrounds who live in places like Kansas and Nebraska make a lot of nightshade jellies and jams. Nightshade pie is also pretty common with some country/mountain people in the US, and some people just eat them raw.

      The problem is that most nature writers are not interested in pointing out the differences, and there have been generations of people taught that nightshade will instantly kill you.

      In many parts of Africa, there’s a lot of indigenous nightshade jam and jelly also. But that’s another different kind of nightshade. (“Nastergal” and “msobo” are common names.) has a description of _THREE_ common American forms of nightshade, and how to tell them apart, and how to be very careful about the whole thing.

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      1. Apparently the leaves are also edible, but they are safer in the spring and you should boil them twice, throwing out the water between boils.

        The problem here is that there are toxins, and the unripe berries are full of them, and the older leaves are full of them, and the roots are full of them all the time. So yeah, I _believe_ that the ripe berries are okay, but I still have never tried them. Not even one. Even though they are supposed to be delicious.

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      2. I’ve got sympathy for both aspects of the problem– getting folks to recognize camas is not wild onions is bad enough without trying to get them to pay attention to the different breeds of camas.

        On the other hand, it’s really annoying to have someone with Oleander in their yard flipping out because I’ve got a nightshade plant.
        Next to the foxglove…. (I don’t think they even watched old Agatha Christie based shows, much less read that stuff.)

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      3. Well, we have supermarkets and canning, so we have a lot more choice about greens. If it was a choice between “my teeth are starting to fall out after the long winter, and I’m craving fruit and greens,” versus “maybe I get more cancer when I’m old, but actually I die of getting run over by a horse,” I think I might pick the rampion/ramps and the nightshade pie with nightshade greens.

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      4. Whoops. Nothing wrong with ramps. Meant to say “poke salad,” as that’s the much-boiled pokeweed thing.

        (And there seem to have been a lot of heavily processed wild foods, or wild foods deliberately exposed to environments that made them less toxic, in Native American diets. I mean, even corn has to be processed with lime to make it more digestable, and less a fiber that goes right through you.)

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      5. getting folks to recognize camas is not wild onions is bad enough without trying to get them to pay attention to the different breeds of camas.

        Do camas and wild onions look similar? Oh dear.

        Which camas is Death Camas? The one with the white flowers or the one with the blue flowers?

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      6. I think there’s actually multiple with white, and I seem to remember none are GOOD for you, but death camas is nasty enough that if you’re pulling weeds with a leather glove for a few hours, and crush one in the leather of the glove, work long enough the glove leather is kinda soggy, then stop to eat your sandwich– you can get light headed from the tiny bit that soaked through the leather on to your skin and either was absorbed or got on the sandwich.

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  2. And on the “cute small animal” side of this post, I was just outside checking the cucumbers and lettuce for supper… and when I moved aside one of the cucumber leaves there was a baby bunny, about the size of my fist, hiding from me. Of course, that scared it, and it went running, right into the fence around the lettuce, so I had to move carefully chase it out of there so it could get free, since it had gotten lost and couldn’t find where the exit was.

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