Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Can You Tell What it is Yet?


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No? Well I’m not surprised; its a photo, taken without  the aid of a tripod, or mind altering drugs, at the dark side of dusk, of a fire (the orange squiggle) of burning rhododendron bushes, up on  the moor (the black bit) the grey and orange strata being a shaky sky.

The rhododendrons  are being culled, as they are an invasive planty pest here in the UK,  that escaped into the wild from the gardens and estates of the Victorians; trampling over native species  without care or due regard for the locals ( I think there is Victorian metaphor in that statement).

All you ever wanted to know about rhododendrons, and  indeed you may wish you never asked, can be found here.  But this much I know (and it must be true  because I heard it on BBC Radio Four) that honey made solely from the flowers of rhododendrons is poisonous.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

7 thoughts on “Can You Tell What it is Yet?

  1. Well that can put a person off gardening for a long time.
    We have an entirely different problem. Invasive spotted knapweed is apparently a desirable source for bees. War threatens to erupt between beekeepers and Species Nativists. The possibilities for metaphors are multiplying like zebra mussels.

  2. I have paper mulberry trees (from Japan) and those @#$%@! paradise trees (from China) to contend with. If I stopped mowing my grass, I would have a dense forest of 2-inch diameter paradise tree saplings in my back yard within 2 years. They grow incredibly fast. It would be different if you could use them for firewood, but they have very obnoxiously stinky sap; nothing will eath them, they stink when you cut them, and they really stink when you burn the wood, so they’re a complete and total nuisance with no redeeming social value whatsoever.

    Your photograph looks like an abstract painting — a rather attractive one, actually.

  3. Terrific picture, and interesting post and link! xx

  4. Interesting. We can’t get rhododendrons to grow well on our property, much to my husband’s frustration as he keeps trying.

    I love your photograph. Very abstract.

  5. It looks like the genie has come out of the bottle…quick, make a wish 😉

    Here broom and gorse are considered invasive and ‘Broom Busters’ gather to try and get rid of them, or at least stop them from spreading.

  6. I LOVE this one! I want a diary cover and a calendar and a duvet cover made out of it!

  7. Pingback: Beating the Invader | Uphilldowndale

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