Friday, July 11, 2008

Well-Grown Poison Ivy

"Beautiful specimen" and "excellent example" are inappropriate for the less admired plant species, I've been told by botanists. When we see a Giant Ragweed in luxuriant bloom, or a fine stand of Deadly Nightshade, these efflorescences are more properly described as "well-grown." Therefore, let me present this well-grown Poison Ivy plant. I neglected to photograph it in full flower, but you can see the fruits of pollination developing nicely--I mean, they are well grown. This well-grown poison ivy specimen has twined around and completely overshadowed a little willow tree, and looks quite lovely in a corner of a neighbor's yard, provided you don't recognize what it is.

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