In Early May
A garden with mystical temples
And pools that are tranquil to see
Capturing ethereal reflections
Of a blossom or neighbouring tree
Leaves unfurl on this giant rhubarb plant
Primeval in nature, I stopped to stare.
Lining the water's edge; huge flower spikes
As though they've always been there.
How does a plant with such ugliness capture the imagination so much? This one in the foreground did exactly that to me. The Giant Rhubarb plant I discovered is also referred to as Dinosaur Food. When a leaf is fully open I can see why - many are over 150cm (5ft 11 inches) in width!
Although its huge brownish flower spike have been compared to an enormous bottle brush, to me it brings images of primeval swamps and giant insects feeding off their seed.