Thursday, October 29, 2009
Does anyone remember the summer? That long hot time when the seeds we planted were growing so fast?
There were two mystery vines that sprouted from a deck planter and flourished in the heat. One had a fruit the size of a tennis ball and the other had squash-y flowers. But, all good things must end and I cut them off theeir vines. I think the ball is a honeydew melon - definitely a compost volunteer seed - and the other looks like it could have grown to be a pumpkin. What do you think?
Then, while we were tidying up in the garden, I cut away a bunch of dead goatsbeard stalks. Underneath I found another mystery! There was the beginnings of what looks like a tree. But I really don't know what it is. The leaves smell sort of soapy. Kind of like lemon balm but not so lemon-y. Any ideas?
And right beside it was a lovely plant with mottled arrowhead-shaped leaves. It looked familiar but I just couldn't think what it could be.
Then I remembered that we had bought some plants at a local plant sale and maybe this was one I'd forgotten about. Some sleuthing in the garden of origin and it's not a mystery any more. The beautiful leaves belong to Arum Italica. It puts up its new leaves in the late autumn which is why I hadn't really noticed it. That - and it was hiding under a few stalks. In the spring, when the leaves die down, it will have an orange flower. That's a good mystery to have solved.