Adenium socotranum

DSC_5038_coh(assiduously tended to by Miranda, who frankly has nothing better to do than to sleep or tend to the garden)

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strange, distant planets

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If it pleases you, you may travel to strange, distant planets, but for me this vernal planet (a babe swaddled in a comfortless bed of lush greenery, within easy earshot of beatific brooks) is sufficiently strange, and though a short sojourn to Venus is always a great, celestial temptation, life there, if you will pardon the dead metaphor, is no bed of roses either.

(Apologies to Christopher Marlowe–an apology that is both offered and demanded: offered to Christopher Marlowe, for using his bed of roses phrase; and concomitantly demanded of him for having come up with it in the first instance!)

Dionaea muscipula