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The onion isn’t the only oddball

I tossed a dandelion into the recycle bin…in Seattle there is no greater sin.

I had a vision. Making it a reality was thwarted because I hurt myself dumpster diving after a dandelion. So, when I took the blue denim out to make a backdrop for the plant I wanted to photograph: I couldn’t get the stakes in to hold it properly, everything sagged, the stake wasn’t really tall enough and I couldn’t reach anything taller, every move I made hurt, then I started sneezing, which was really painful.

KSM-20160601-Top-setting_Onion-02So the picture isn’t just of an odd plant, a top-setting onion with two levels of top-set on the top set; it also represents a crazy lady playing with fabric and plant stakes in the backyard, who can’t even do a good job of it because she dumpster dove after a dandelion.

It is a curious plant, like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. This year they seem particularly prolific and several had top-sets on the top-sets. The one pictured was over five feet tall and had meandered three feet or more laterally from its origin (it has since collapsed, that is what they do to put down roots). It was hard to photograph because the garden is very busy with all the plants that surged in May (hence my attempt with the denim).

It all seems to fit with the definition of oddball Cee has posted:

Meaning of oddball
noun – a person or thing that is atypical, bizarre, eccentric, or nonconforming
adjective – whimsically free-spirited; eccentric; atypical

Both the onion and I seem to fit.

Cee’s Oddball Challenge