A gorgeous plant, but oh so invasive. Once you’ve got it, good luck getting rid. On the plus side, the butterflies love the flowers (you can see one in this shot) and the young shoots that come up in the spring can be dug and used like rhubarb.
I took this photo a few years ago at the community garden before this plot was officially mine. A fellow plot member had moved away, weeds were taking over the plot and it was already June. I couldn’t stand to see the space sit empty and so set out to get something in the ground before it was too late.
To make a long story short I needed to make a staking system for the tomatoes but didn’t have much on hand in the way of materials: some old thick stakes a friend got for me years prior at a farm supply store, a bunch of useless wire tomato cages, and old jute twine that was on the verge of breaking. This was the contraption I came up with. I didn’t have any tools with which to bend the wire so I did that little twisty thing on the top as best I could with my hands. Come to think of it, I could have gone home to get more supplies or a tool kit but I suppose I was either being lazy or enjoyed playing McGuyver with what was available. Most likely a combination of both.
I took this pinhole photo back in the early summer when the Viper’s Bugloss was going crazy but it took me a while to develop and scan the film.