Superstitions or Just Normal Garden Life?

The anoles walk under this thing all the time.

The anoles walk under this thing all the time.

Happy Friday the 13th!  I’m not Paraskevidekatriaphobic, which is one with an irrational fear of Friday the 13th. As a matter of fact, the 13th is a pretty lucky day for me since that is the day I write my monthly post over at the Native Plants and Wildlife Gardening Blog. And, surprisingly, that falls on a Friday more frequently than you can believe, making it a double whammy day for me.

In keeping with my somewhat feeble attempts to associate a holiday (of sorts) to things in my garden, here are a few stretches of the imagination, supposedly both good and bad luck superstitions:

Houseplants are nice, but don’t bring an open UMBRELLAsedge indoors:


Find a MarshPENNYwort, pick it up and all the day you’ll have good luck:
Don’t let a BLACK CATerpillar cross your path, although I’m always thrilled to see a Zebra Swallowtail caterpillar, no matter what color it is:
A RABBIT’S FOOT will bring you luck. Well, this fellow’s sibling wouldn’t think so, because despite having 4 rabbit foots, he had zero luck when he met Tanner, the English Setter:


Knocking on WOODpeckers.  Both Dryocopus pileatus and Melanerpes carolinus must really have irrational fears of tempting fate:


BREAK A LongLEGged Fly. Does this Diptera species perform theater? It certainly is pretty enough.
Bad luck comes in threes.  Heck, aren’t they always telling us to group plants in threes? How can that be bad?

So, don’t get into a superstitious tizzy today or anyday, but just in case I’m wrong, don’t walk under any bLADDERworts today!


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