Another trip to Edinburgh, yesterday, just twelve days since the previous one, offered the chance to see just how quickly Heracleum mantegazzianum, giant hogweed, grows and to see if there was any indication of control measures being taken.
I thought I'd try and take some pictures from the same spots as last time so as to be able to get a clear comparison of the plants.
Previously, I showed the sign saying 'Green Belt Improvement' with this plant just to the left of it.
And here's that same plant twelve days later.
And here's the roadside verge from the previous trip.
And that same shot, approximately, yesterday.
Quite obvious growth and, it is important to remember, the weather has been very cold for early May so not ideal growing conditions for anything.
Given the poor weather it wasn't possible to tell if the plants had been sprayed or just weren't thriving. I did see some other plants, on an approach road to the Fort Kinnaird Shopping Centre where it wasn't possible to stop and get pictures, showing very obvious signs of spraying so I'm inclined to think these have been treated, so far.
In a first for this blog, I made a short video of some of the plants to embed here. Just click to play.
Unlike the previous trip my wife was with me this time. She commented that the lay-by and bus stop where I took the top pictures was just the sort of place you might pull into if you needed a quick pee. That thought hadn't struck me before and if you look at this collection of plants
you'll understand why I really wish she hadn't put it in my mind.