Sunday, July 15, 2007

Plant ambition

Some plants, I imagine, know what they want all the time, while others get distracted along the way. This one was growing right up when something caught its attention, and it took a wrong turn:

"Was that something interesting?"

Or maybe it was trying to say, "Oh, look, a house!" Or, "Then you take a left."

Isn't the detail amazing?


Blogger Annalea said...

That's common mullein (MULL-en); one of my favorites. I'll have to post a photo of one that Vern pulled out of our garden this year. It was ginormous. (Growing as it was in compost-rich soil, it was taking up almost 1/3 of the strawberry bed.)

Mullein is also an excellent medicinal herb. It's great for glands and clearing congestion, whether it's respiratory, glandular, or even just plugged ears. It's my favorite miracle for mastitis (but you shouldn't have to worry about that! lol).

Mullein is also incredibly prolific. If that one goes to seed, you'll have an entire mullein garden next year. Mullein usually shows up in soil that has been disturbed: along roadsides, driveways, and places like the side of the house in your photo. I've always found it interesting that some of the most useful and safe herbs seem to follow mankind as he makes his mark on the land; and mullein is no exception. We've got lots of it up here; I had no idea it was that widespread.

And now that your day has been enriched by this lesson in botanicals, I'll return you to your regularly scheduled Sunday. ;o) Have a great one!

10:44 AM, July 15, 2007  
Blogger Kali said...

An uncommonly curious plant life I should say! I love how plants meander towards the sky (or not) with curling tendrils and broad arcs and angular immediacy (I am going THERE) like this one. I wonder if the plants sees/senses something we humans do not. ? Probably...nice series!

12:21 PM, July 16, 2007  

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