Sunday, 3 July 2011
It's A Jungle Out There!
I may have mentioned before that the area of the allotment garden where I used to keep my hens has been allowed to grow wild in the hope of it returning to a small wild flower meadow. The trouble with this is that certain wild plants have taken over, namely, Goosegrass, which is a member of ther Bedstraw family. This plant is a far-straggling weedy annual that grows to 4ft. long, readily clinging to clothing by the tiny down-turned prickles on its fruits, stems and leaves. It has covered everything; grown up the wire fences, climbed up into the fruit trees, and generally made a nuisance of itself.
I chose a really hot day to try and get rid of it all wearing gloves but not covering my arms - the result of which is that my arms are now covered in a nasty rash that is very sore. It is easy to pull out, and sticks together in thick swathes - I accumulated enough to make a large 'haystack' that would fill an average shed. Of course, as I pulled it, all the seed heads fell off, so it will re-appear next year and the whole process will begin again.
As I was clearing up to go home for a welcome bath, as I had become a hot, sweaty mess, I heard a screaming- type noise and went to investigate. One of the cats from the neighbouring property was in the long grass with something in its mouth. On closer inspection I saw it was a baby rabbit that was doing the screaming. I instinctively went after it to try and make it drop the poor thing, but it ran into the hedgerow out of reach. I know it is in a cats' nature to do these things, and when it is a rat I don't mind so much - well you know where I'm going with this. So it is a jungle out there in more ways than one.
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