Friday, August 29, 2008

Ambushed by Obedient Plant

You'd think my customary route to work at Mountain Lakes Preserve would run out of surprises, but one day last week, I happened to glance to the right down an unmowed sewer right of way, and a completely unexpected sight caught my eye.

Obedient Plant, perhaps part of an old, forgotten planting near Pettoranello Gardens. It's called obedient because if you push one of the tubular blossums left or right, it will stay where you put it. The plant itself, however, is disobedient, tending to spread aggressively from where you put it in a garden.

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