For now, here are some photos that show the rhubarb in the early stages of its growth, as the leaves initially push through the soil wrapped-up in their protective "sheaths" and then gradually unfurl:
If you're wondering what all the little sticks around the emerging rhubarb are for - they are to deter cats and foxes from digging up the plants. Not sure how effective they will be, but I live in hope...
Don't you think that the close-up pictures make the rhubarb leaves look as if they are part of an animal rather than part of a plant? One of them looks uncannily like a brain. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for the leaves to turn green.
I love rhubarb, it is so good....ReplyDelete
You took a great series of photos. Bravo.
Like the photos, wish I could grow Rhubarb but it's too hot here or something. Perhaps I'll try again this year...ReplyDelete
Since you mention animals: I think your fave and last photo looks like a little dragon embryo - facing to the right with tail down? I know, very vivid imagination. Wonderful photos anyways.ReplyDelete
Wow this is very interesting like an alien baby. I have never seen a rhubarb plant before nor eaten one too.ReplyDelete
The photos are fabulous Mark, but they certainly don't do much for the appetite! Dawn I can see the dragon too, although I wouldn't have noticed it if you hadn't pointed it out. Really great photos Mark, you've done your rhubarb justice.ReplyDelete
They really are fascinating plants, aren't they! So prehistoric, a photographer's dream.ReplyDelete
No wonder I dislike rhubarb! Resembles an alien monster.My mother always had it in the garden and made many pies from it, all of which I never liked, even if she wasted lovely strawberries and added them to the pie! I thought she wasted good sugar,too, making those pies! However, everyone else in the family liked it, so I was out-numbered!ReplyDelete