With so many fabulous gardening blogs on the Internet by gardeners from all over the world, it's no surprise that every so often something crops up that I've never heard of before. This week I learnt about Broomrape (Orobanche hederae) thanks to Fleisstalleben. Being rather a monoglot myself it's wonderful as it is written in English as well as German.....Some info:
These plants generally flower from late winter to late spring. When they are not flowering, no part of these plants is visible above the surface of the soil.
As they have no chlorophyll, they are totally dependent on other plants for nutrients. Broomrape seeds remain dormant in the soil, often for many years, until stimulated to germinate by certain compounds produced by living plant roots. Broomrape seedlings put out a root-like growth, which attaches to the roots of nearby hosts. Once attached to a host, the broomrape robs its host of water and nutrients. ~Wikipedia~
Fleisstalleben has a photo of one in her garden (her Wednesday post); why don't you pop over and have a look.
I'm out today to go and have a look at Nicole's handiwork. She really enjoyed her day building the ramp; she was the only girl! and was really pleased when 2 of the boys said she had worked harder than one of the other boys. She mixed concrete, sawed wood and drilled holes so learnt a few DIY hints as well...... She loved all the comments that were left on my post. I'll be taking my camera so you'll be able to see the finished article later. But for now, as it's only 6am, I'm going to grab a coffee, go and sit in the garden and watch this poppy bloom............