Seriously. Like June.

I don’t know what these are (Japanese Mazus?  Birdseye Speedwell?), but they arrived today to brightly pepper the hills around Roanoke.

Maybe it’s because this February feels like June.

“Birdseye Speedwell” sounds like a hillbilly superhero.

[UPDATE: a friend of mine has informed me that this is “Blue Star Creeper.”]








Throwback Thursday: the Monogram (?) glow-in-the-dark Godzilla model!

Now here is a treasure from my 1980’s boyhood — the glow-in-the-dark Godzilla model.  When I sat down to pull up some background on this, I first thought that this was one of the Aurora model kits.  It indeed started out as one.  But I think it’s more likely that I had the one produced from the same mold by Monogram, which was released in 1978.  (Mine was a Christmas or birthday present around 1980 or so.)

This was a sturdy model, as it survived just fine amid the debris of that disastrous desk I kept as a second grader.  And its glow-in-the-dark head and hands were damn cool.

Dear God, did I love this thing.