Gardening is fun in lots of ways, but one of my favorites is finding the unusual or peculiar among the harvest. Show them to my kids and peels of laughter or ooh’s and aahs’ find their way to my ears. This summer we found a two-headed sunflower (my favorite this year), a dahlia flower that was half red and half white – split down the center, a pepper with an obvious deformity, and numerous tomatoes with odd growths.
While these are fun to look at, when it comes down to it, they’re still what they were made to be – the pepper was still a pepper, the tomato a tomato, and the sunflower a sunflower. They just looked a little different, but inside they’re the same as the perfect looking one right next to them. It’s a good reminder to me how we, as humans, are pretty much the same regardless of how we look or appear to others. After all, we’re all made in God’s image. And that’s pretty cool.
So back to my funny looking produce – while I didn’t get photos of all of the them, I did take a few, and hope you enjoy them. I know others have seen some of the same things I have. So if you have a favorite oddity you’ve found in your garden, let me know! Post a link to it in your comment if you have a photo (keep it clean please). Should be fun to see.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13 (NIV)