Monday, October 19, 2009
Look what I found in New York: Friends and that crazy hairy plant
Well my favorite new plant, Gomphocarpus physocarpus, aka 'hairy balls', appears to be pretty popular in the Finger Lakes area of New York. This fine specimen was growing in the gardens right outside a winery tasting room (I lost track of which winery after about 30...)
And I was pleasantly surprised to spot them at one of the flower stands at the Ithaca Farmers Market (I so wish I had a shot of their beautiful stand). The young lady making custom bouquets gave me a funny look when I declared "You have hairy balls!". I guess they call it something else in New York. But she graciously made me this beautiful arrangement with some for a mere $12.
After our three hour lunch at Dano's Heuriger on Seneca, I asked my personal chef friends if they wanted to see my newly acquired hairy balls. This was my friend Laura Whalen's reaction.
We calmed down a bit in time to capture this shot of me, Laura, Mary Beth Brinkerhoff, and Martha Ulfelder. In addition to being a lot of fun to hang out with, I assure these gals can cook! Look them up if you need a personal chef in Buffalo, Rochester, or the Metrowest MA area!