April 9, 2010

It came from....

...Tibet. Yes, It comes from Tibet AND my garden. Today, in the cold rain, I share not a flower, but a bud emerging from the ground of a Tibeten Rhubarb, Rheum palmatum. Grown from seed that I obtained from an expedition to China in 1999, this plant has spread slowly into a sizable clump. Closely related to the garden Rhubarb, Rheum rhaponticum, this plant is grown by informed gardener for it's broad foliage, which is somewhat palmate, (it's leaf shape is more like a hand, with fingers, than one simple leaf shape like garden rhubarb). It's always impressive, but hey, not nearly as impressive as it's emerging..um....bud.

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