It was larger than a golfball. It was larger baseball. It was enormous! It was Jurassic! And it was in our backyard.
Isobel found these large spikes, tightly closed, containing a mystery. They are in the section of the yard that we intend to cover with paving stones that languishes for the timebeing, crowded with weeds. She calls this space “Isobel’s garden,” and is proud of the many things that are growing there. When she told me there was a humungous dandelion in the backyard, I didn’t think it could have come from those spikes which were nearly five inches long.
Do you see it there? Near her foot, in the picture? It’s huge. I was going to get a photo of her plucking it and blowing the seeds everywhere, but the stem was so thick and tough we needed scissors to cut it. Isobel ultmiately decided it was nature’s miracle, and the thought of picking it made her want to cry. We needed to leave it there, for nature, she said. This never stops her from picking any flower, ever, but it was her garden, so we went with it.
They look like something out of Doctor Seuss, or a remnant from prehistoric times. I hope it comes back.
ETA: My friend Jacob looked it up for me, and it’s called Western Salsify, or Yellow Goat’s Beard. I hope we get more!