Good Morning

Columbine 01.05 (1)

Look what I saw in my front garden yesterday. Some plants just suddenly appear and I only see it when they flower. This is columbine and if I remember rightly I did once throw some seeds into the garden, but that was 5 years ago. Have they now decided to grow and flower, or did they wander in by wind? Who knows, but they are hopefully now here to stay and seed up every year.


Slowly I am getting the feeling that my garden is developing into some sort of magical mystery garden with all sorts of strange plants appearing that I never expected.  This strange plant appeared last year with three smaller leaves and has developed into something big this year. I know I mentioned it earlier this week and but now the leaves are growing faster. I was told it is probably a rhubarb, but where did it come from? No-one is our area grows rhubarb, not even the farmers and I do not even like it so much. You can use the stalks for a pie and cook them with tons of sugar, but it still remains sour and I am not even sure how poisonous parts of this plant are. I believe you should not use the leaves. As long as it does not take up its roots and walk, is the main thing.

Iris 01.05.2018

My iris are also growing and showing a few buds. It is not yet their time, but next week there will probably be a few blue flowers. I remember last year when the builders invaded and the building was covered with scaffolding. My plants really had to fight for their life and my iris had only one flower, otherwise it was just leaves. I was really worried that it was giving up. I would have understood, having builders trampling around everywhere in their boots. This year it is back and with some forget-me-nots in between. They are the so-called Siberian Bugloss type, perennials and arrive annually.

Yesterday I did not go anywhere. The weather was on the cold side, not very sunny, and it was a national holiday in the afternoon so everything was closed. Mr. Swiss did make a suggestion about driving somewhere, perhaps the town of Biel which is only 20 minutes away by road, but that was also closed. With my walking problems, having to take my walker with me, and Mr. Swiss back problems only being able to walk a few steps, I decided it was not a good idea. We stayed at home with the cat and I pottered around on my computer.

I at last finished my book Rotherweird by Andrew Caldicott, from a fictitious county in England that was left to its own devices, including a few strange mixtures of animals and humans and consulted my list of books to read that I have on my iPhone. I decided on The Nix by Nathan Hill, with its over 700 pages, so I will be busy for the next couple of weeks. I love big books.

And now to move on. Today is shopping safari to stock up in the kitchen. Whether I will venture out for a wheelie this afternoon I am not sure. It is still quite chilly out there, although when I wrap myself up, it is no problem. I trust you all enjoy your day wherever you are, even if you have to work. Somewhere I am sure there will be a silver lining, perhaps you might find it. And if you get strange plants growing in your garden, be careful. It might be a triffid, or even a rhubarb.

Bleeding Heart 01.05.2018 (2)

17 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Rhubarb is good! I like your little roundup of your garden, I had a few strange things growing last year including a 4foot tall thing that took me all summer to figure out it’s identitiy. Enjoy your day.

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  2. I would think too that this is Rhubarb. And Rhubarb is a FABULOUS plant – you can see it from the sticks (stengel) – and once they are a bit longer and wider, you can very easily turn out an away from the middle …. However, what would seriously, very seriously bother me, is that it is not a rhubarb but something called Riesenkerbel or Riesenbärklau. To me it doesn’t look like it but I have seen them in Devon and a dear friend had her hand and arm harmed by touching the plant. The leaves are more serregated (? – gezackt) than here, and they shoot up to easily 2-3m. The leaves have tons of tiny hairs which give you a terrible rush and an itch. AGAIN, no panic, it is probably rhubarb – and I envy you deeply. I bought 2 plants – one perished without a trace and the other one is very ‘olé-olé’…..
    I also envy you for the Coumbines – this must be an American name for what we call Akelei or Aquilegia. Again, it’s a wild flower and in some places it grows, but not in others. They like a shady place, rather wet and in Devon I had the most wonderful WALL of them in all colours a shades. I never managed to grow them here in France.
    Same story for the bleeding hearts. Love, love, love them – my heart is bleeding when I see them because they definitely won’t grow here!

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    • I know Riesen Bärklau, we also have it here, but is it is to be avoided. We are always getting warnings about touching it. It seems to be rhubarb, so I will leave it alone. I don’t even like it. Columbine is a very pretty flower, and I like it in my garden. The bleeding heart also just arrived by seed from the neighbour’s garden many years ago.

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  3. That columbine is exceptional. It looks as if it is pure white, although it is probably very pale blue too. I think that it can be rather garish sometimes. I prefer the white with light blue. I have never seen it in pure white. That rhubarb is rad too. I would be pleased to find that in my garden. Fortunately, I have plenty already.

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