Strange things are happening . . .

. . . in the back yard. We have an empty lot behind us which is kind of nice as it gives our shallow in-town lot the illusion of depth. But let me tell you, there are some strange wild things back there. How about these ghostly looking ferns?

ghostly ferns creepy plant

The creepy plant on the right is a “magic beanstalk” according to the girl. What she does not know is that it is going to grow up into a huge monstrous semi-woody, take-over-anything-in-its-path weed. And since they poked their little red heads up they seem to grow inches everyday. I don’t know what they are or how to combat them but I know we need to come up with a plan fast!

Here’s something prettier: vintage daffodils massed in front of the house. According to our sweet neighbor across the street, they have been here about 50 years. My guess is they were planted by the original owners of the house.


And here are the delicate unfurling ferns that were the inspiration for my fiddlehead pendant.

 young ferns unfurling

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  1. Kathy Keiser’s avatar

    I have no idea about the plant on the right, but the plant on the left side looks like the one we called “warabi” in Japan. Warabi is edible and similar to fiddleheads, which we call “zenmai’ (a spring – not a part of the season). The last photo looks like fiddleheads; the taller ones are already opened up and the shorter one looks like the one people eats in this area.

  2. Snippety Gibbet’s avatar

    I adore plants that grow almost before your eyes. My hasta do that. At least they do in the years when the deer are ignoring them. Argh.

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