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Friday, May 18, 2012
Blooming Dinosaur Food And A Mail Art Swap
My Dinosaur Food plant has two "blooms" this Spring! It is also known as Chilean rhubarb but the real name is Gunnera. This picture only shows the top of the bloom. This come-shaped thing is actually about 3 feet in length, maybe a little more. The plant grows to about 12-15 feet and the leaves reach 4-5 feet in diameter by the end of the season. It is quite spectacular!
This is the second bloom on the other side. When the first hard frost comes in Autumn it droops to the ground and I have to use the Ginsu knife I received as a wedding gift to saw off the stalks. At least that knife comes in handy for something - LOL! The stalks are easily the size of my forearm. The whole thing dies back to the ground and starts over again in Spring.
The structure of the plant is pretty amazing. It is a water-hog and the giant leaves collect the rain/dew and channel it down the prickly stem to the roots. A plant evolved to survive!
I am joining up with a fun swap at Musings On Realities. Make 10 mail-art postcards to swap with 10 other people around the world. Sounds like fun! I tried to add the button to my sidebar but couldn't get it to work. Follow the link and join the fun! Do you think I should make 10 the same or 10 different?
Update on steeping the lavender... Well, I brought it to a boil and then let it steep 24 hours, then strained it. It smells wonderful but the water is the color of tea. Definitely NOT something I would spray on laundry. Any ideas what I could use it for??