A Thing of Beauty: the Flowering Jade Vine.

The quality of mercy is not strain’d,

It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven

— Wm. Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice

Fully as beautiful, and unexpected, as mercy itself.

QUITE possibly, on temporary loan from the Heavens.

Side view of the Cottage, year before last

The flowering vine is as capricious as it is promiscuous in its beauty. Last year it chose one site to flower, directly over the coral chamber.  (Admittedly not a bad choice, at all, if its goal were to achieve maximum dramatic effect without all that trouble of taking shape, blooming, going back to nature, and so forth.)

Jade Vine over Coral Rock.

THIS year it’s going wild in the Mission backyard, meaning that our guests will have
to share the beauty.

THEY certainly won’t mind; there is more than enough to go around.

Thank you.


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