I'm not in New Orleans this year for Mardi Gras, but that didn't stop me from celebrating in costume. I'm dressed as Exotic Invasives Woman, a superhero who seeks to rid the world (or at least my own backyard!) of exotic invasive species.
New Orleanians often choose costumes that have a humorous, timely, and/or satirical twist. I picked this costume because: A) I work full-time writing about gardening and telling people that they should remove exotic species from their yards; and B) my own yard has at least five different exotic invasive species growing in it (tuberous sword fern, nandina, air potato, elephant ear, and old world climbing fern).
Yes, I know. It's shameful. I've been trying to get rid of them, but it's a tedious process. So anyhow, I hope you get a laugh out of the costume.
You can click on the photo to see notes that include an explanation of each species. Or view the photo large for a closer look at the plants (though they're not 100% botanically accurate since I was stuck with what was available in the silk flowers section of Michael's).
Advance apologies to my co-workers if any parts of my costume fall off and propagate new plants!
Posted by Kim Kruse at 11:30 AM