The Hidden Almanac for
Monday September 1st, 2014
Episode 152
Previous episode: 2014-08-29
Next episode: 2014-09-03


Today we remember the Emperor Doe. it is also the day the Blessed Pink cultivar was introduced. It is the Feast Day of St. Morphicus, and in the garden, there is mallow.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord.

Today is September 1st, 2014.

It was on this day in 1983 that a thirty-point deer was seen in the woods outside the town of Shaggy Corners. Photographs confirmed that the deer, which had a gigantic, asymmetric crown of antlers, was in fact a doe. Antlered does are not uncommon in whitetail deer, but rarely grow more than spikes, and few come out of velvet. The deer was nicknamed “The Emperor Doe” and was given protection by the crown as a rare and beautiful national treasure. The Emperor Doe was seen for several years after that, the last time in 1991, growing an ever-larger and more complex crown.

And it was on this day in 1854 that an extraordinary cultivar of the Seashore Mallow, known as “Blessed Pink,” debuted at the annual Troyzantium Flower Show. Seashore mallow is an elegant member of the hibiscus family, producing small pink hibiscus flowers the size of a quarter. It is attractive to butterflies and one of the finest plants grown by gardeners. “Blessed Pink” improved on all these qualities, increasing bloom time and deepening the shade of pink, without falling into the trap of variegated foliage or grossly oversized flowers.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Morphicus, patron of shapeshifters. Much worshipped by a small subset of the community today, St. Morphicus was banned in older times. Possessing a shrine to Morphicus could be used as evidence of lycanthropy or sympathies with lycanthropes and other shape shifters, and would call the attention of the Inquisition. Morphicus is portrayed as a man with a canine head and human hands, holding a bowl full of some unknown liquid.

In the garden, the seashore mallow is blooming, the cucumbers have mostly succumbed to erratic watering, and weeds spring up the moment your back is turned. It is the season when the gardener leans upon her hoe and thinks “Next spring I will absolutely get this under control.” It is a good time to plan fall gardens, but if you have that much ambition, you probably don’t have all that many weeds to begin with.

The Hidden Almanac is brought to you by Red Wombat Tea Company, purveyors of fine and inaccessible teas. Red Wombat --- “We Dig Tea.”

Also brought to you by the Ravencoast School of Divinity. The new students are coming. We ask the community’s indulgence with them. They will figure it out eventually, and then there will be no more…incidents.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for September 1st, 2014. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, and is written by Ursula Vernon. Our exit music is Red in Black and our into music is Moon Valley, both by Kosta T. You can hear more music from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. The Hidden Almanac is copyright 2013-2014, Ursula Vernon.

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