Friday, September 10, 2010

The nightmare plant

For many years we have had a plant of sacred bamboo Nandina domestica growing by the wall outside our back door.

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In Japan, if you have a nightmare, the custom is to go and tell the sacred bamboo plant so that it will take away any residual difficulties from the dream.  Perhaps that is why this plant has strangely anguished-looking foliage.