Five O'Clock Somewhere

Welcome to Five O'Clock Somewhere, where it doesn't matter what time zone you're in; it's five o'clock somewhere. We'll look at rural life, especially as it happens in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, cats, sailing (particularly Etchells racing yachts), and bits of grammar and Victorian poetry.

Monday, July 23, 2007

What time is it?

Introducing the official flower of this blog

The hill above the Heron Lake marina is covered in these lovely yellow flowers.

They remain tightly shut during the hotter part of the day, opening up at about … well, you guess the time.

They’re named for their opening time, and because flowers don’t recognize Daylight Savings Time, they’re four o’clocks.

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Blogger Tillerman said...

How appropriate! They would look fabulous on a sunny hillside at our house that we are trying to develop as a semi-wild collection of native species. (In other words we are letting the weeds that we like grow.)

But unfortunately we are in USDA zone 6 so I think it would be too cold here.

Mon Jul 23, 05:57:00 AM MDT  
Blogger Pat said...

Heron Lake's current surface elevation is 7,154 feet and it is primarily in USDA zone 5A. (In the Sunset Magazine nomenclature it would be zone 2, 2nd coldest.) The Los Ojos area does not often see summer high temperatures in the 90s, and does experience sub-zero winter nights. So, the four o'clocks should do fine on Long Island Sound, assuming they wouldn't mind the heat.

Mon Jul 23, 01:01:00 PM MDT  
Anonymous Mom said...

The four o'clocks are different in Arkansas--maybe that is generic for flowers that open in the evening.

Mon Jul 23, 07:06:00 PM MDT  
Blogger Carol Anne said...

Tillerman, since the climate zone of Heron Lake is only a smidge colder than Rhode Island, I suspect the main challenge for Tillerwoman in getting four o'clocks to thrive would be having well-drained soil, since the roots of desert plants wouldn't like soggy conditions. A hillside would probably be excellent.

Tue Jul 24, 03:31:00 AM MDT  
Blogger Carol Anne said...

Programming note: I had a visit from somebody in Perth, Australia, searching on "Every time you use an apostrophe to make a plural a kitten dies. Please think of the kittens."

Apparently some grammarian Down Under has been using that threat to make sure that students use apostrophes correctly.

There is a big problem with pet overpopulation that leads to kittens being euthanized, and there is also a big problem with people using apostrophes to make plurals. I don't know how the numbers compare, however; I suspect that the number of misused apostrophes is much higher than the number of euthanized kittens.

However, both are big problems, and both numbers should be reduced.

Wed Jul 25, 01:02:00 AM MDT  

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