August 26, 2008 (left) / January 16, 2009 (right)
We have a strip of these plants dividing our property with the neighbor. They’re fine enough most of summer, but as the season wraps up they burst into a striking orange.
Inside the papery husk is a tiny fruit that looks like a miniature tomato. I call them Chinese Lanterns, but they’re also known as a Groundcherry. [ more info ]
My mom was able to transplant a few successfully to her garden.
In other news: I heard Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the radio yesterday. Having arrived early at my destination, I sat in my car and devoted all my attention to his words.
This passage resonated in particular: “We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.“
I’m not sure how it all fits together, and for certain MLK had a very specific goal of civil rights that day, but the words still bear meaning and I’m very hopeful for Now.