In the shade of the prickles

Gunnera Manicata are one of those plants that became trendy in gardens open to the public a couple of decades ago. A plant big enough to stand under that makes a bold statement beside water, it needs a lot of space. In fact it may need far more space than we’re prepared to give it. A similar variety, G, tinctoria appears to be the worse culprit, but both manicata could also be invasive. Last summer I saw a gunnera, which looks like a giant rhubarb, in the mill leat close to the Exe.

This photo was taken at a National Trust garden a few years ago. I could easily stand under the leaves, but had to be careful of the prickles. Becky’s spikes are unusual today, check them out here.

Advertisements

10 thoughts on “In the shade of the prickles

  1. Ooh I’ve never stopped to look at these that closely. Aren’t they wonderful underneath. Next time I’m at Hillier’s I’ll have to step under!!

I would love to hear from you . . .

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.