The last couple of days, I have had encounters with giant plants. First, in my own garden where the Giant Pumpkin Plant of 2016 (see image above) threatens to take over the whole side of our yard, and into our neighbor’s yard as well. (Maybe due to the bees doing a great job of pollinating?) I went out to check on why the heck the squash plants were not producing any squash yesterday morning, and I discovered the Giant Fuzzy Squash of 2016, pictured here in its 16″ glory. Not sure it is still edible, we will find out soon. If so, it is all we will be eating for awhile I guess. Send me some squash recipes just in case!
Then, last evening, some friends and I experienced the unfortunately named Corpse Plant of the U.S. Botanical Garden, which has just bloomed. By now just about everyone in Washington, DC has heard of, and perhaps visited, this phenomenon. At least it seemed like everyone in DC was there last night; it took us about 45 minutes to get inside. This giant plant supposedly smells like some combination of rotting flesh and rotten vegetables, but we couldn’t get close enough to catch a whiff. Maybe for the best. I didn’t get a photo because my phone battery died (ironically considering the subject matter), but you can get the idea from this link of photos from CBS news. Photo #9 is pretty much the way it was last night, huge crowd and all.
Plants are pretty amazing, in general. Giant plants are even more amazing. Giant squash…well, I would prefer smaller more tender specimens, but I guess I should see it as more to love, right?