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Sunday, April 20, 2008

From the curb


The other day I posted about plants growing out by my curb. This Verbascum bombyciferum isn't at the curb now but at one time it was. You see, I wanted to grow this plant so badly but the only place I ever saw it was growing as a weed along other people's curbs.

Finally, one afternoon when nobody was around I snuck across the street and rescued a plant from my neighbor's curb.


It only took one plant, once I got it here in my garden it happily seeded itself about, always surprising me in the locations it would choose to grow. It obviously likes cracks and crevices because it seeks out those locations and grow with merry abandonment in the most lean of soils.


Verbascum bombyciferum is a biennial so you have to let it sow about or you won't have any next year. One thing to remember is that if you want to move it into your gardens, do so early in the spring. The first one I grew here reminded me of the story of "Jack & the beanstalk" as it seemed to grow over night. I can't imagine moving this plant once it hits it's growing stride.

As a closing shot I just wanted to share one of the great photos my husband took yesterday. We spent the most glorious day in Allentown Pennsylvania along the Lehigh River. While Lafayette did not gain control of the river from Lehigh, we were still incredibly proud of our amazing crew team. That's our daughter Lauren in the front seat (on the right) in the black unitard.

Go Pards!

15 comments:

patientgardener said...

Hi - I think I have this plant in my garden, I certainly have something with very similar leaves. I sowed so many different plants last year I have forgotten what things are!!

Mark said...

You are right about it liking odd places to grow.Down here at the wildlife garden next to my signal box,they appear all over the railway particually in the balast next to the rail.I moved some the other day to the orchard area back at home, thy have started growing so they must like it.

Katarina i Kullavik said...

Verbascum is a fascinating plant. It appeared out of nowhere in my garden a couple of years ago, and - just as you say - it pops up in strange places.
Nice shot of the canoes!
/Katarina

Esther Montgomery said...

But which end is the front?

Esther

Melanie said...

Hi patientgardener, that happens to me so often, I forget what I planted and then I get a nice surprise :-)

Mark, I hope you like them in your orchard, I find them so cool! I believe I read that they used the leaves as bandages during the civil war.

Katarina, I've read so much about this plant in herb books and yet always wondered why people considered it a weed.

Esther, the front of the boat is the direction the rowers are sitting in. There's actually seat races where the rowers try out for the best seat. The funny thing is you are rowing backwards so although you are sitting in the front, you are the last to cross the finish line!

I wish I had taken a photo of some of the girls hands. I will never ever complain about gardening blisters again. One of my daughters friends had at least 6 blisters on each hand across the palms and they have been there for almost a month now. I also have photos of their faces as they are pulling at the oars and the grimaces they are making tell the true story of how hard it is to row in these races.

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

I think I remember Verbascum from the nursery. Does it have strongly scented foliage?

artistsgarden said...

I enjoy Verbascum in my Garden as well - it is a great plant - suddenly appearing in strange places.
Regards
Karen

Cabs said...

I love how this plant appears mysteriously and sows itself around. In the right setting it is great! Looks like you had a nice day to spend at the river.

Carol
terranovadesign.blogspot.com

Anna said...

Those rowing races are great fun to watch and so sophisticated. You only see it up North mostly. You must be proud that she was in a that front position. I tried a rowing machine once as exercise--phooey..too much work. I'd rather haul 3 gallon plants around. My boys played soccer and I miss going to the games.

You plant stealer you!! You didn't rescue it..you stole it! It's happier where it lives now anyway. I got some seeds and soon as my PW plants get here and I can see what they sent, I'll figure out where I'm putting these. I know you said you worked in the garden today so hope your muscles recover tomorrow.

Eleanor said...

Reminds of me of something we call the 'obedience' plant over here (will look up Latin name and let your have it later). It grows tall and bears a spray of delicate lilac blossoms. I have just been puling them out after flowering as they spread everywhere - most obediently! Eleanor at Thatchwick

tina said...

I love this roadside weed in my garden. It happily self sows everywhere but on the side of the road!

Cinj said...

Well, any plant growing where you don't want it to grow is considered a weed, isn't it? Who wants grass growing in their rock garden? Doesn't it belong in the lawn?

It is beautiful though. I have had many lovely plants travel into my garden and pop up as a lovely surprise. Sometimes I have to move them to a better location and sometimes I'm happy with the spot they chose.

Cinj said...

Well, any plant growing where you don't want it to grow is considered a weed, isn't it? Who wants grass growing in their rock garden? Doesn't it belong in the lawn?

It is beautiful though. I have had many lovely plants travel into my garden and pop up as a lovely surprise. Sometimes I have to move them to a better location and sometimes I'm happy with the spot they chose.

Nancy J. Bond said...

Kudos to your daughter on being so accomplished!

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Great post, and I really love that last photo. The river looks splendid, and so does your daughter.~~Dee