Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Weed or WunderPlant? You Decide

OK, so at the back of our a certain couple's yard, a monstrous thing is consuming the privacy fence. If you listen, you can hear it munching the wood like it's Grapenuts.

Husband likes monstrosity, wife does not. Wife maintains it's a giant weed, to which she is surely allergic. Husband says, "So what."

Wife says, "I'll take a picture or two and post them on my blog, where people who know things sometimes visit and tell me the things that they know. Maybe they will know that you are wrong, which is what we really want to know."

Husband says, "No way. They will side with you because you are a girl." Wife says, "Ah, Gee, Wally, so I'm a girl 'n everything. So what."

Husband and wife are now fully engaged in ongoing battle about monstrosity.

Please cast your vote: Weed or Wunderplant?

Additional Info: Leaf from tip to stem is 18". Width at widest part is 6". Perspective: Here it is next to Zoe, who was paid in peanut butter dog treats for her modeling. It took a little coaxing as you will see, but I think this puts the size of the leaf in perspective. The last pic looks like it should be subtitled: "They Called Me, 'Eve.'" or "I'm Ready for My Close Up, Mr. DeMille."


Anonymous said...

Don't know about the monstrosity, but Zoe is way cute. I don't know if she is embarrassed or being coy in asking, "Does it make me look like a mastiff?"

bensrib said...

I have no idea what the plant is, but, oh my goodness, I want your dog! I used to have a precious Yorkie - I lost him to old age last fall. Someday I'll have another one - they are just the most wonderful dogs on the planet!

Chatty Kelly said...

I know nothing about plants or weeds.

But you have one cute puppy!

Merrie said...

I have no idea what the "beautiful large" thing is... but, I do vote with you - that thing HAS to go! It takes up precious land and space and air!
Love the model! She does such a great job - she OUGHT to be in pictures - oh, she IS!

Susanne said...

That thing looks like it should be in a movie entitled "The plant that ate Muncie". That thing is montrous! Sorry I can't help you with that. I haven't a clue what that would be. Does the neighbor have one on his side and the roots have just traveled over to your yard?

Jenny said...

Try pulling it up. If it's really easy to pull, it's probably a weed. If it's not, then... oops, oh well. :)

Don't know what it is, wouldn't want it in my yard, either.

Good idea in above comment to see if it's from the neighbor's yard.

Cyndy said...

Clueless on the plant, however, since the leaves alone are bigger than Zoe (I mean what if you lost her in the foliage or something?) I think that it needs to go. Any plant that big, volunteering in your yard is just scary!

Mavis D. said...

Cute puppy! And love your blog!

The "weed" is called Pokeweed. You can find more information about it here:

Some people eat the leaves when the plant is very young and tender but it must go through a process before eating because it's poisonous. Now why anyone would want to eat something that's poisonous is beyond me! LOL!

Hope that helps!

Mavis D.

Queen B said...

I'm going with weed. I don't know why. Just because you are a girl.

And I love the dog.

Mocha with Linda said...

I am botanically impaired so I am no help. But it wouldn't bother me.

And the person who said if it's hard to pull out it isn't a weed? Ummm, don't believe that for a minute.

Just don't let Zoe out there or she may disappear forever! LOL Those are some Texas-sized leaves!

BTW, Suzanne Woods Fisher loved your review of her book and has it on her blog today. You rock!

Seized by Hope said...

Pokeweed...hmmm must have been named by a woman. "Gee Wally, whatcha gonna do now?"

40winkzzz said...

"A weed is anything you don't like growing where it's growing." Thus says my mother, a pretty decent gardener in her own right. These words of wisdom have helped me greatly as I, a not-so-great gardener, have endeavored to maintain the large flower garden that came with our house. Just this morning I yanked out several perfectly legitimate, thriving plants on that principle alone, because they propogate themselves fiercely and were crowding out other, prettier flowers. I have finally learned to just do that and not feel guilty. All that is to say...

It doesn't matter whether or not it is technically a weed. You don't like it; therefore it's a weed.

Except that apparently Jorge *does* like it, which makes it *not* a weed. That's a problem.

But you're the girl, so you win.

Anonymous said...

I have always wanted a Yorkie, but my husband has always wanted hunting dogs. Zoe is precious! Our dog is a brittany spaniel and we call her our 32 pound yorkie because she loves to sit in your lap.

Natalie said...

I couldn't tell you what that was but I don't think it looks that bad. Maybe a little trimming would be a nice compromise?!?! I love your model in the pics!

Susan said...

I don't know much about plants, but I always assume a weed is smaller than that...even when it matures. It's probably true that one person's weed is another's wunderplant. KWIM??

Zoe is adorable here.

:-) Susan

Krista said... need some votes in your corner. Keep the dog; bye bye plant (but it's not that bad of a montrosity, but don't tell hubby I said so.)

We are going to need an update, you know!

Coveting your dog (LOL),

Diane of Crafty Passions said...

Ditch the monster plant but PLEASE keep the cute doggy!! That's my story and I am sticking to it!!

Fran said...

No clue whatsoever but thankfully someone has given you more insight than I. :)

Genny said...

That plant's not bad...but that dog is precious!

Mary B said...

It's a weed. I get them every summer in my yard, they are yard to yank if they get too big.

Paula (SweetPea) said...

My first thought was that is was a pokeweed and then someone else commented on that. Your pic shows white buds but at some point has it had red berries. If so, that confirms it indeed is pokeweed. My mom as a young girl smooshed the berries and spread it on her skin. It stains something awful and it is poisonous. My gramma was surprised and afraid she'd get sick.

Yank the sucker. It's ugly. At first glance it looks like a weed to me because of it's size.

As for your dog, you can kindly ship her to me UPS. Now, you should really be holding on your britches because I am NOT a dog lover. I repeat, I do NOT like dogs or animals AT ALL. However, this little pup has totally stolen my heart and I would give it very serious consideration for this pup to run wild in my pad. She is so small. Are all yorkie's small like that? I've said IF I ever had a dog, it would have to not shed, not stink, have human-like hair (thus the not shedding).

I'm so in love with your dog and that totally floors me since I do not like animals.


skoots1mom said...

polk salad is what we call it in Jawja! and I must clarify and admit i have and never will, eat any. I know my granny had eaten it sometime in her life but it doesn't intrigue me in the least. Down here, it grows a lot in the pastures and the farmers have to bushhog it down.

I want to snuggle with college roommate had one named Abigail...she was a doll and I know yours is, too!

I vote, plant goes--doggy definitely stays!

Laurie Ann said...

No green thumb here. This I do know. Pour some pine-sol on it. A cap full every day should do it - maybe the spouse will think it, er, died a natural death. That's how I kill the weeds in the rock garden. When I tried to pull them up, my fingers broke out in a rash. Zoe is ADORABLE, by the way. What'd she think about the leaf?

Darlene R. said...

Oh, I was totally going to say it was a pokeweed, but someone beat me to it!

Or not. Because I have no clue when it comes to plants. I kill everything except weeds, so if it was in my yard it would HAVE to be a weed!

Sandy said...

I just want you to know what a source of knowledge I am since I read your blog. I was camping the last 2 days, and there growing by our site was pokeweed. Of course I impressed everyone with my knowledge of pokeweed and....... the poison ivy that was also growing all over the place.
Thanks for making me look good! :)