Tuesday, 21 March 2017

To each his own.



Certain things in nature take my breath away. This plant (above) is one.

I know nothing of flowers or wild plants, so I can't tell you what it is. However, they grow every year, popping up in the most unlikely places. Later in the year they throw up a tall 6 ft tall stem on which there are a rag-bag of insignificant yellow flowers.

It's now, and until they flower, when they are at their best. They just sit there in their symmetrical splendour, making us smile as we pass by.

Many would no doubt call it a weed, but to me it's as beautiful as any other garden plant.

I left the Dandelions in the picture so you can see its size; they get bigger!




39 comments:

  1. I know a lot about wild flowers here,there is no plant like that beautiful one here.

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    1. Beautiful, isn't it. There are quite a few around this year.

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  2. Nature is beautiful. I wonder if the plant is edible; dandelions are, and every part of them is.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. It doesn't look too edible, and I'm not going to try it. Also I find Dandelions far too bitter.

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  3. Our neighbour had one of those in her garden last year, it grew very tall and looked quite sculptural. I looked up the name but I've forgotten what it was called.

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    1. They are very 'statuesque' plants, but I prefer them at this stage.

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  4. It certainly is green and pleasing. It will be interesting to read the comments later and see if anyone identified it!

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  5. It is a verbascome or mullein my spelling may be off.

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    1. Well done, you've got it. It's Verbascome; I confirmed on Google.

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  6. We aactually grew one of these on our allotment when we had one but I can't for the life of me remember the name, lovely stately plant.
    Briony

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  7. I rescued one of these plants from our river beach several years ago, and now it has self seeded here, but not in quantity....just one here and there. You are right, they are a lovely plant.

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    1. They pop-up all over the place, I've seen quite a few around this year.

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  8. A weed is a plant in the 'wrong' place.

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    1. Exactly; thankfully this one is quite well placed.

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  9. Bugger .... Penny beat me to it ..... I did know it was Verbascum. I think it looks pretty in your photograph but they are not my favourite to have in the garden. We had one and I got rid of it !!!!! I'm not keen on the spike that they throw
    up ! It does look very sculptural in it's early stage of growth though. XXXX

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    1. I agree, much nicer at this stage than when they flower.

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  10. My Keble Martin tells me it is verbascum.

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  11. Being an artist, do you ever make leaf prints of your favorite plants? Those are beautiful!

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    1. No, but I used to do leaf-pressed-pottery with the children when I was teaching. They loved them.

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  12. Well I had no idea what it was but, as it's beautiful, I was going to say what Gwil W said. Nothing's new in the world.

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    1. For a 'weed' it's a very beautiful thing.

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  13. They grow wild here in Ontario as well. I don't mind them when they are small, but don't like them when they are tall and yellow. -Jenn

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    1. We all seem to agree about that; much better in their early stage. The tall stem of flowers makes them look very scruffy.

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  14. It is lovely as it is.. I would cut the spike off as I do with Lambs Ear.

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  15. I have just treated myself to the pleasure of visiting your recent posts...grand to see the wide variety of topics!

    The leafing progression of your mullein plant reminds me of that of some of the tiny succulent plants on my windowsill. Nature is quite a designer!

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    1. It reminds me of my college days, studying the Fibonacci Series.

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  16. We had one pop up in the middle of the gravel road near our home. tried to save it by putting a barrier around it but some fool still managed to drive over it.

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    1. Well done you for having tried to save it. You can never count on others!

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  17. I'd definitely say Verbascum, of some sort, but Mullein? I'd doubt that with those deep ribs in the leaves..can we see the flowers when they arrive please? The Verbascum family is quite large.....

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  18. Does it smell of lemon? Could it be a Lemon Verben?

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