Good Morning


This is the current state of our hedge, if you can call it a hedge. Since at least 4-5 months it has been left to do what it wants to and so we called the gardner last week as Mr. and Mrs. Angloswiss are not longer as fit as they were and cutting hedges is no longer possible.

Today the gardner arrived and they are busy with their hedge cutters in the back and front garden. We live in Switzerland and it is an unwritten law that hedges must be hedges otherwise the neighbours will begin to talk. Our garden is also looking a little neglected, but with builders trampling everywhere it is difficult to make a prognosis. The lawn is not what it used to be, but there is no point doing thing in Autumn. We will have to wait for the Spring.

There is a gardner involved in the renovation work and it is decreed that he will bring everything back to its original state before the builders arrived with their destruction programme, although I very much doubt it. He cut down a privet bush because it was obstructing the builders path, he completely destroyed one of my flower beds and removed a hosta bed. Miracles no longer happen in my part of the world so I have no great expectations. At least my own gardener knows what to do.

Basil 18.09 (5)

I showed a photo of the strange growth on my basil plant yesterday. I have now taken some more photos and naturally asked the gardner what he thought. He confirmed he has never seen anything like it and it has nothing to do with the basil plant, but probably grew out of the earth. He says it must be some sort of creeping plant. It is all very mysterious. I looked to the sky buy found no strange lights or comets, perhaps it is all in the imagination.

Clouds 18.09 (8)

Yesterday we went on our normal shopping trip and I noticed some strange cloud formations. There are signs – strange growths on a basil and clouds that are forming strange shapes.

And now I must move on. There is a guy standing outside in a cloak with a hood hiding his face,  with a scythe in his hand and I do not think he belongs to the gardening team.

Enjoy the day, I will not – I should clean the bathroom which is not my favourite housework.

See you around.

Road to Langendorf 18.09 (13)

36 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. This basil development is getting scarier by the day….. hope it’s not some worm thingie!
    Great cloud formations – I took some 30 photos lately on travelling trips by car & ship, on foot, outside our house and out of windows in Switzerland, Lake Geneva section, Lyon, Paris, Orléans….. I could fill probabably books with them all, fascinating and ever changing!

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    • No worm, it does not breathe – at least not recognisably. I think it is more into the direction of parasite vegitation, not quite an orchid, but it seems to grow into the stem of the basil. I find it fascinating. The gardener also said he had never seen anything like it, and probably came from the earth. It has nothing to do with the basil.
      Taking photos of clouds has become a bit of a hobby. I no longer get out and about so much to other places due to my MS, but clouds always change.


  2. I wish I had a photo of similar growths in one of my house plants. Regarding clouds, at the risk of being an oldie who repeats herself, I just love the Cloud Appreciation Society and the cloud book written by the society founder.

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    • The growth is an exception and I am still searching for something similar in Internet. I am on the mailing list of the Cloud Appreciation Society.I would join, but at the age of 70 you no longer join as quickly as you used to. I may keep an eye open for the cloud book, sounds very interesting.

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      • It is called The Cloudspotter’s Handbook: The Science, History and Culture of Clouds by Gavin PretorPinney. I love his sense of humor. For example, on page 36, he has a picture of “Jupiter and Io, 1531 by Corregio–the seedy world of sixteenth century cloud pornography” It is unusual to find a book with science, history and humor all in one.

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  3. The growth on the basil is a rare parasitic plant known as ‘dodder’. It is nasty stuff! I do not mean to send this message twice if I happened to do so. It just did not seem to go through the first time.

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    • I am now receiving your messages as they arrived during my night and I have now cleared them. It looks very much like dodder. I bought the plant in the local store and luckily it is in a pot in a separate place and not in the garden where it could spread. After taking a few more photos I will probably throw the basil away. This has really got fascinating and I am so glad of your help.


  4. Goodness! Wouldn’t you know; we now have our own mystery here with mistletoe, the ‘other’ parasitic plant. It has disappeared. It is nice that it is gone; but we are wondering if there is some disease or pest that we should know about.

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    • I saw my first mistletoe growing on trees in Switzerland and have quite a photo collection. Especially in Winter you see it on the bare branches of the trees. I don’t think there is a danger of it disappearing here. Although a parasite the trees are surviving.


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