Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Defy the Ordinary

Sunday Morning Garden Chat 62
Unseasonable — but elegant! — photo from commentor JAM:

Hi, I just saw these iris blooming today (November 1st) when out walking my dogs so I had to send the picture. I’ve never seen them bloom in November before! We’ve had some frosty mornings here (OK), but no freeze yet.

And ICYMI, news of Doug the giant NZ potato, per the Smithsonian:

Their unusual discovery may be the largest potato on record. When weighed at the local farming store, the spud was whopping 7.8 kilograms (17.4 pounds)—the size of a large Thanksgiving turkey. The couple dubbed potato “Doug,” after the way it was unearthed. The Guinness World Records entry for the heaviest potato is a 2011 ‘tater from Britain that clocked in at just under 5 kg (11 pounds). Donna and Colin say they’ve applied to Guinness to have Doug officially recognized, and are currently waiting to hear back, which can take a few months.

The couple doesn’t know how the giant tuber got there. Colin says they planted potatoes in that area two or three years ago, but in recent years they’ve grown cucumbers in that section of the garden. They fertilize their garden regularly with manure and straw but don’t take any extreme measures, so Doug’s size is another mystery. It’s likely the potato was simply lost over the years and, left in the ground, continued to grow to its unprecedented girth.

“It’s fair to say our veggie garden can sometimes get a bit feral. There are some parts of the garden you need to pack a lunch and advise your next of kin before heading in to,” Colin told Eva Corlett for the Guardian. “It’s a mystery to me,” he said. “It’s one of nature’s little pleasant surprises.”…

“We put a hat on him. We put him on Facebook, taking him for a walk, giving him some sunshine,” Colin told the NZ Herald. He built a small cart to tow Doug around. “It’s all a bit of fun. It’s amazing what entertains people.”

But all that fresh air and adventure proved taxing for Doug. Over time, he began shriveling and growing mold. Soon, Doug had an odor. So the couple made the difficult choice of wrapping Dough in plastic resigning the spud to their freezer. Next, Colin, who is an amateur brewer, hopes to give Doug a second life as a delicious potato vodka.


With a little luck (I’ve probably just jinxed myself), and the Spousal Unit’s help, this week we’ll be able to finish transplanting the surviving daylilies and digging the ferschlugging choking vinca out of the front raised bed. Cross fingers, the bed will get topped up for next spring, but unfortunately the daylilies (and irises) will have to spend the winter in rootpouches. My gardening motto: What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger… until it kills you.

What’s going on in your garden (outdoor, indoor, or planned), this week?

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