Sunday, June 17, 2007

What's in My Garden?

I thought you might be amused by these ridiculously large plants growing in our garden. I believe they are Compass Plant (or Rosinweed) on the left and possibly Cup Plant on the right (although according to most sources, Cup Plant has a smooth stem, and mine is big and hairy).


Here's a picture that gives you a better idea of the scale:


I find them mostly terrifying, sort of like my rhubarb, because I fear it will rise up in the night and kill us all. Also, I found out its roots grow 10 feet long. I mean, that's just not natural, right? I was thinking about tearing them out, unless the roots have already placed their stranglehold on our foundation, or if there were some other compelling reason. What do y'all think?

4 comments:

kbmulder said...

Are you going to make Rhubarb Pie? Granny made a really good one, I wonder if mom still has a recipe.

Hmmm. I don't know if I would tear them out, those ten foot roots might be more than you can handle. I just imagine Little Shop of Horrors. . . Feed me!!

Kathy said...

actually strawberry-rhubarb pie is to die for---a treat from your own garden~!

Anonymous said...

I would whack them right away - they detract from the beautiousness of your new planting bed alongside the patio. Also they lend a somewhat rainforest throatcatching clostrophobic feel right by your back door. Probably harboring mosquitos the size of dragonflies. haha ma

Special K said...

We have indeed made strawberry rhubarb pie from the massive rhubarb in our garden. Yummy! Used surprisingly small amount of rhubarb. Could make 12 more pies.

On the advice of a friend have decided to leave the prehistoric Cup and Compass plant. Also seems likely we will not be able to kill them anyway.