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Sat 4th August 2012 16:37 by Mary Smith
Three unusual events in my garden (not counting giant slugs)
Three unusual events in my garden I have noticed in the last couple of days.

All my tomato plants, every single last one of the 45 I planted out, are dying of blight. I will not get one tomato this year.  First year of total failure!  We have been here since 1966, when we moved in.

I have several plants of Enchanter's-nightshade in my rose bed. This plant is an ancient woodland indicator.  Now, what does this say about my rose bed? And no, there are no trees in it nor shrubs except for a few struggling roses. Any suggestions?

Autumn last year a strange plant was growing in the old potato patch. I did not know what it was, though I guessed it to be in the Knapweed group.  So I moved it to where I could watch it, and it has produced well over 30 stems of purple flowers of Common Knapweed. I do not know whence it came, but it must have been a whole flowerhead that landed and every seed grew.  Not wishing my garden to be over-run with these next year, I tried to dig out the root, having first cut off all stems. Wow! What a job that was!  With a 50cm tap root, and many subsidiaries, it has taken me over an hour to get it all out!

And did you know that we have had rainfall here much more than a whole year's worth in a normal year, actually closer to double a year's worth, and we are only 7 months in. No wonder there are giant slugs, huge Knapweeds, rotting tomatoes etc.

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