Well, yesterday’s gardening miscellany’s post really shook things up. There were lots of fun answers to my questions on the various social networks – including ‘space vegetable beamed down from unknown planets’ and ‘genetically modified monsters capable of eating my garden up in one big evil mouthful.’
I must admit I couldn’t resist letting my imagination fly away but then my ‘real job’ is fiction writer so I just can’t help myself.
No fiction writer worth their salt should have ordinary things growing around the garden – there surely has to be at least one strange, man-eating-mutant ‘thingie’ hiding among the veggies?
Sadly, it seems not and thanks to two wonderful readers the mystery has been solved:
Jen McDonald is a fungal biologist, plant connoisseur, knitter, animal-lover, world traveler and is currently studying fungal ecology and evolution at Western University in Canada and Jen wrote:
Jen has a wonderfully witty blog about all things botanical over at www.botanicalmusings.blogspot.com
Another reader, CPayne also helped out in the comments section pointing out that:
So now you know, my potato-tomatoes weren’t strange invisble imports that somehow crept into my garden and planted themselves before growing into something bizarre – they are actually highly toxic potato-apples, cousins of the deadly nightshade and equally deadly.
So, whatever you do, don’t eat them apples…
Thanks to everyone who commented here and on the social networks – it’s been fun.
I definitely didn’t plant this magnificent red specimen…