I seem to have flunked my Covid test. Nonetheless, I felt that I was sick with ‘something’ that, regardless of how minor, should not be shared. I would have ignored it a few years ago. That is no longer an option. I isolated at home for the past week, avoided work, and did not venture out much. Consequently, I did not take pictures for this Six on Saturday. Half were taken here at the last minute. Half were taken prior to last week.

1. Esperanza and poinciana (pride of Barbados) seed from Crazy Green Thumbs got here a month ago. Sowing is delayed for frost. I am too ashamed to say what happened to the esperanza seed from The Shrub Queen earlier. I will explain when I sow these after frost. 

2. Pineapple sage grew from five cuttings on a windowsill right in the middle of winter. I had no plan for them when their original stem got in my way at an ATM. It needed to go. 

3. Hottentot fig, which is also known as common freeway iceplant, gets no respect. I was pleased to see it mixing with other succulents for a planter box in town earlier last week.

4. Narcissus bloomed at about the same time that I saw the Hottentot fig in town. It was in our landscapes though. It brings back childhood memories of summering in Montara. 

5. Mistletoe is making a comeback, after an unexplained decline a few years ago. I really wanted to show the unseasonably clear blue sky, but this seemed to be more interesting.

6. This is how the weather should behave at this time of year. There has been no rain for a month or so. It is quite dry. I believe that I recorded this video on Christmas morning.

This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate: https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/six-on-saturday-a-participant-guide/

33 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Isolation

    1. Actually, it did not get very bad as I was expecting it to. I never even got a slight fever. I just avoided everyone else to avoid sharing whatever it was. I sort of wonder what it was now.


    1. The Covid test was not a problem, although flunking it sort of makes me wonder what I was sick with. No one gives much thought to colds or an old fashioned flu anymore. Whatever it was, it did not get very bad for me, and there was not even a minor fever.


    1. Well, I never really got particularly sick. I did not even get a slight fever. I just needed to get tested when I started to get slightly sick, because of the current situation. I have no idea what it was, but it was annoying.


    1. Well, I never got to feeling too badly. It just never developed into much. I just needed to be careful about sharing whatever it was. I was convinced that I had Covid, but now I have no idea what it was.


  1. I’m glad you had a minor case of whatever, and very happy to see that you isolated. Thank you. Who knows how others might have reacted? That rain video was quite impressive!

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    1. We at work were convinced that we got Covid back in the beginning, when it was just beginning to arrive in California. We all got sick with ‘something’. However, none of us tested positive for it when the tests became available later. I was convinced that I got it this time also. Some of us have stayed away as a result of getting sick like this at various times, but none of us have tested positive yet.


  2. Interesting how, as you say, a few years ago feeling under the weather, a bit, wasn’t enough to stay home and no one really questioned it. Now… Those first seeds, on the left..it looks like each seed is wrapped in its own tiny pack of cellophane…

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    1. Esperanza is in the Bignoniaceae family, so the seed are outfitted with those very thin papery envelopes. They are not easy to handle or separate. I believe that I will sow them loosely in a manner that will not require separation.

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  3. Interesting stuff this week! Hottentot fig grows near us on the sandstone cliffs, huge amounts of it, from top to bottom. It’s lovely when it flowers – purple. Those narcissus are lovely – I love the white ones, so delicate. Hope you feel better soon, Tony.

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    1. Hottentot fig is so common here that some want it to be classified as a native, and some are not convinced that it is not native. No one known when it arrived on the coast of California from South America. The species that provided ‘more’ edible fruit blooms with bland yellow flowers. The purplish pink flowers are more common, perhaps because they are more likely to have been planted intentionally for erosion mitigation. They seem to me to be more appealing, with greener foliage. Hottentot fig with yellow bloom gets discolored more easily. I would like to grow some of the purply pink sort at work for erosion mitigation, but would also like some of the yellow flowered sort for my own garden, for their fruits and supposedly sweeter foliage.

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  4. Glad you seem to be feeling better — but best to stay away from people for a while longer until you are completely well again! Love the rain video — that was quite a heavy rain! It would be nice, though, if the weather would behave itself a bit better at this time of year (i.e. with more rain)!

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    1. I was told that it is not necessary to isolate after a ‘negative’ test, as if it is acceptable to share a cold or a flu or whatever I had, just because it was not Covid. Goodness.
      More rain would be nice before the end of winter. It is easy to enjoy the current weather, but the time for rain is so limited.


    1. Pineapple sage is relatively nondescript. The foliage is rather soft and simple. It was trendy when we were in school, and is still very popular. However, I can not figure out why. There are other prettier sages. I intend to prune this pineapple sage back to keep it fluffy. I know that I will get to like it if I grow it in a landscape here.

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