Green Things Growing

April 27, 2010

“O’ the fluttering and the puttering
     of green things growing.
How they talk each to each
     when none of us are knowing.”
     — Dinah Mulok Craike

The Washington Park Arboretum is full of green things growing.

These weird plants looks like something from the Jurassic era.

Sunlight on new green leaves

Green fern

New fern leaves unfurl in a cascade

Furled fern

This flower gives an impression of a graceful dancer.

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3 Responses to “Green Things Growing”

  1. Lynne Says:

    Your top photo is of a horsetail, one of the oldest plants on the planet. They’ve been around since the Carboniferous Age over 230 million years ago and, as anyone who’s ever tried to remove them from their garden knows, are incredibly hard to get rid of! I’ve tried digging them out from the roots, to no avail, but a friend recently told me the best way to deal with them is to cut them off at ground level. They’ll grow back again, but they won’t spread so much. They are pretty in their way, just not if they pop up where you don’t want them…

  2. greenwalks Says:

    I think the botanical name for horsetail is Equisetum. My parents have it in their garden, it is their worst garden nemesis. Yes, they are admirable in their longevity and uniquely lovely, just don’t want to see them in my garden!


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