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January 28, 2020


Peter Gatford

Hi Barbara, seeing you in the 'wildgarden' with Nick, brings back lovely memories of a video we have of dear Tony, Mark, Poocat and myself testing out the apples on the trees you have there.
In a different season, the unusual plant you have pictured is interesting and not one I remember coming across. However my closest 'guess' might be a form of a plant called a butterbur. An intrusive species that prefers the damp conditions that your wild garden offers. Some say it has medicinal properties. Not that I would recommend testing it for that purpose though.
Good luck with Nick and his IT expertise, he looks a nice lad.


Thanks, Peter, for your comments and the correct name of the plant. It's latin name is "Petasites hybridus". I had expected to have trouble with this plant spreading but it seems happy to confine itself to an area near the stream that usually remains damp. What prize would you like this tIme?

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