Please tell me if this is getting tedious.
Another visit to Edinburgh. Another photo-blog of thriving Heracleum mantegazzianum, giant hogweed.
Though it was raining, again, the giant hogweed knows that summer is upon it so it is in full flower.
I'm not sure what is inside that gate but I wouldn't want to try and use it.
There are some signs that someone has had a go at the plants,
but they've hardly made any impression.
It is a shame that the flowers are so pretty.
As this picture shows, the largest clumps are on the side of the road with no footpath so the public is less likely to have contact.
The trouble is, Heracleum mantegazzianum spreads and these young plants, on the footpath side, will be much larger next year.
Again, today, I only had the chance to get photos of this population. If things go to plan, I'll have a good bit of free time in Edinburgh in a few days and I'm going to try and get ten pictures from ten different locations.
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