Adventures Close to Home

Many of the works of the Ancients have become fragments. Many of the Moderns are fragments the moment they come into being.”

Friedrich Schlegel

Cyrus and I spent the better part of Saturday afternoon exploring our backyard – awasteland of wreck and weedsn unmowed, gently stressed patch of (evidently) Persianate influence.

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The lilac was introduced to the European garden through trade between the Austrian and Ottoman courts in the late 16th century. The cognoscenti arranged and hybridized; within two centuries, Syringa vulgaris was naturalized throughout northeastern North America.
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“Landscape of Disuse, with Distant Titan”

So, so deep.

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“Wreckage Among the Piss-a-Beds”

The common Dandelion is found on the road sides, in pastures, and on the banks of ditches. Early in the spring, the leaves, whilst yet white and hardly unfolded, are an excellent sallad. The French eat the roots and tender leaves with bread and butter. Children that eat it in the evening, experience its diuretic effects in the night, which is the reason that other European nations, as well as the English, vulgarly call it piss-a-bed. When a swarm of locusts had destroyed the harvest in the island of Minorca, many of the inhabitants had subsisted upon this plant. It is likewise made use of for many purposes in medicine.”

Joseph Taylor, Antiquitates Curiosae: The Etymology of Many Remarkable Old Sayings, Proverbs, & Singular Customs (1819)

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“Shattered Paradise”

That’s deep.

Just another Saturday afternoon under broken midwestern skies.

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