Monday 13 July 2009 - Filed under Plants
Apparently the Oregon Coast is the hot spot for New Zealand Flax. It was big, it was blooming, it was everywhere. I didn’t even know it got this big. Here, in a parking lot between a taco time and a budget hotel, is one of the countless clumps of New Zealand Flax we passed driving along Highway 99 in Lincoln City. The top of the foliage was well beyond my reach, 8 or 9 feet tall, with flowers extending several feet above that. I should have taken some shots with cars dwarfed under them for scale. Maybe there’s bigger New Zealand Flax somewhere in the world (New Zealand?) but I’ve never seen it. The mild, cool, cloudy, misty weather characteristic of our beaches apparently agrees with it.
This made me laugh. At a Taco Bell, they had a juniper(?) pruned like a saguaro cactus. I’m not as a rule into plants sheared into goofy shapes, but considering the fast food parking lot location virtually guarantees plants badly pruned into blobs, this one seemed to have a sense of humor. That, or too many hours stuck in traffic jams left me easily amused.
2009-07-13 » megan