Plants can grow in what appear to be the strangest places. This can be frustrating for property owners (e.g., grass in the gutter; footpaths cracked by pohutukawa roots).
But our view of plants is often from our own animal-centric perspective; unlike our zoological kin, an individual plant doesn’t have the option of moving to a better spot. Wherever a seed or spore falls is going to be the home of that plant for the rest of its life; that is, of course, if it even germinates at all. Grow, wherever you end up, or perish.
Consider these observations that have been extracted, with permission, from a ‘zine’ (a zine is a self published, inexpensively produced publication with a small circulation) published by “jMj”:
Growing wild in Wellington
my homage to plants that take root as they choose in our city
not native to this region.
Tell that to the pohutukawa.
What do you see in the plants in these images? Are they ‘battlers’ to be admired for making what they can of a bad situation? Or are they a reminder that plants would quickly envelop our urban world if we stopped pushing them back?
Thanks very much to jMj for sharing these observations and the colour photos – the zine itself is in black and white.
If you’d like to share with Te Papa’s blog your own images of plants growing in unusual places, here’s my email.
Finally, if you haven’t already seen, here’s a lancewood that went straight to the top (and please excuse the pejorative title).