Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Poison and Peppers
Part of my continuing series on our October trip to California…As we drove south from Santa Barbara toward Fillmore I kept noticing these plants along side the road. I swore they were Castor Bean, but how could that be? After all the Castor Bean is poisonous right? Wouldn’t it be a tad odd for them to be growing along the highway? Finally I got to take a closer look. They sure look like Castor Bean. Huge beautiful plants! Look at those leaves! Nearby I also spied one of my favorites, Pepper Berry! I fell in love with this beauty as a cut flower at the florists and remember first seeing a tree growing in Los Angeles years ago. I’m sure it’s probably a messy tree but I would love to have one growing in my garden. It’s like a weeping willow with a berry bonus. The slightest wind was rustling the branches and leaves, that’s why these pictures are all blurry; I couldn’t get the tree to hold still for its close up!The countryside outside Fillmore… Tomorrow, more of the sights of downtown Fillmore. Trust me, it’s very dangerous! (very danger garden that is)….