The Gobo Plant – Year 2

Last year I planted a batch of gobo (burdock) plants from seed.  The local Japanese market enticed me with a variety called “salada musume,” roughly translated as salad maiden. I harvested some crooked roots, and experimented with some new recipes, and left a couple roots in the planter, just to see what would happen the second year.

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yikes.  One remaining plant shot out as soon as the weather turned warmer.  The plentiful flower heads are now reaching out and getting ready to bloom.  Why am I reminded of the pesky Sentinels looking for Neo’s ship in the Matrix, the way these flower heads are reaching out?

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