Giant Plant Invasion
This one is Darmera peltata, also called by some "Umbrella Plant". It looks like it could be a cross between the Astilboides tabularis that I planted in my garden and the "Umbrella of the Poor". The flowers of all these plants are facinating. They seem to be relics from the times of the dinosaurs. And they have the size to be too!
HERE are the plants that I saw in Scotland! I just found them. I love Google!! They are called Gunnera manicata. I could walk right under the canopy of the Gunnera manicata that I saw in Scotland with just a little hunching over. I wonder how big they must get in the rainforest where they don't have to worry about going dormant for the winter! Spring Hill Nursery sells them, but they say that they are zone 7-10. Is Scotland really 7-10? I don't think so. They get snow, and I have been told that it gets really cold in the winter. And I saw these in the Highlands where it gets the coldest. There must be a hardier variety out there somewhere or they really don't know what COLD is in Scotland!
BTW- did you know that -40 degrees Farenheit is -40 degrees Centigrade? I learned that from an Aussie couple I befriended in Ireland. I just checked it on Temperature Converter and by golly, they were right!