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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Slimed!

 
Giant squid on the beach? 
 
 
 
Pile of smelly seaweed?

Remains of an alien from outer space?

No, none of those.  Rather, this is what happened to my giant Zantedeschia aethiopica when we got our first freeze earlier this winter.  Sometimes gardening isn't pretty friends!

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    1. Had I known, I would have brought it to you!

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  2. Like a squashed alien life form...

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    1. Interplanetary travel can be really hard on one's system!

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    1. Fortunately, I did what I often do in my garden, turned my back, marched inside and ignored the slimy mess. It's now disappeared. Laziness or inspired organic practice; you decide.

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  4. I Google "Zantedeschia aethiopica". Come to find out it's Calla lily... hard to recognize at this stage of decay but it'll be back. I realized this lily's strength when I move it to a difficult spot (Semi shady dry slope under an ancient pine needle). I still get lots of (undesired) starts in the old location, while the mother plant kept going without skipping a beat!

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    1. It always dies back in the winter but this year, because of the freeze, it just collapsed into this gelatinous mass. It always returns.

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    1. I went out right after things had thawed so it didn't have an odor yet. I stayed inside long enough for it to disappear into the soil because I sure didn't want to play with that puddle of slime.

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  6. Normally I love a plate of calamari, but I doubt breading and frying would improve this particular mass. This is why I like woody plants. Yeesh.

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    1. I didn't even think of breading and frying this. Where was my head?

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  7. But if you framed it and put it in a gallery it would be art.

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  8. You mean to tell me if I had just turned my back instead of desliming plants yesterday, the results would have been the same? I may sue.

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  9. I hate it when you're bored. Hurry, Spring.

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