Fast forward to the second week in January as my mom and I are on our way out of a Wawa near Rt. 202 in Malvern. Thank god my mom felt relaxed that day because you'd think she just ran over a small human or a puppy based on the noise that came from my mouth. I screamed so loud I scared myself. She was driving just fine but sitting to my right was the VTMS right here in Pennsylvania.
Back to the small Vermont roads. I begged Danny to pull over so I could take a picture of the Vermont Mystery Shrub but as he wanted to get to the house for sunset he refused. From the car the most I could make of this plant is that it had some sort of red fruit at the top, height ranged from 5' to maybe 20', other than that I couldn't distinguish any other characteristics that might help describe this plant to anyone - even if they were familiar with all of state's roadside specimens.
On New Year's Day we packed the car to return to PA, a day earlier than planned but it was time. The whole thing where two other families were in the house when we arrived was a little stressful so Danny made the call. We didn't get on the road til a little before dusk but thank the dear Lord - I got a picture of the VTMS. I felt like someone was about to come out of the house with a shotgun but I got a picture. I also got a couple on the side of the highway. Danny reluctantly pulled over for me. Knowing my father would potentially pull off on the side of a busier road (if there was a safe place to do so) to see a rare bird instilled some confidence as I pursued this plant.
I almost broke off a piece of the plant to take home and bring to class for Show N Tell but I didn't know if that was legal and aside from the law something about the plant said don't touch. I couldn't tell if it was prickly but it also seemed like it could be poisonous... I mean that would explain why it's still sitting on the side of the road? Who knows. We drove south with the sun setting and I had my VTMS pictures. Go figure it's right here on the side of 202.
I would love to know what this is. Danny wants to know too.
- interests and issues other than plants
- a marvelous night for pruning
- runoff issues
- pine cones
- garden maintenance for free
- other mystery plants