Over here in Britain there's a slightly comical question embedded in our culture. That question is: What did the Romans ever do for us? The joke being that The Romans did an awful lot for us. They built a road network, they taught us more efficient agricultural methods, they introduced us to wine, rabbits and sweet chestnuts and, amongst many other things, they gave us Latin, law and scholarship.
And now I would like to pose a similar question: What did The Americans ever do for us? Well they gave us chewing gum, peanut butter, Bugs Bunny, nylon stockings, war babies, Lady Gaga, Make America Great Again baseball caps, Barry Manilow, chocolate chip cookies, Stephen G. Reed, grey squirrels and above all they gave us American skunk cabbage!
Never heard of the last one? No! It is not a euphemism for Trump, it is an invasive plant that appears to love moist ground. First introduced to The British Isles in 1901, it seems to have escaped from gardens and country estates and like American G.I.'s of World War II based in Britain, it clearly likes to multiply. American skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus) rises from the ground in early spring providing robust yellow leaf flowers about the size of a man's hand. The Royal Horticultural Society recommends that it should not be cultivated.
Not far from this humble abode, close to Whirlow Brook Hall, there's a swampy hollow where there's a colony of American skunk cabbages. I have known about it for ages and have posted pictures of the plant before. See here. But yesterday I decided to pay the hollow another visit and collect fresh images of the Yankee invaders. After all, what else is there to do in the middle of a worldwide pandemic?
|This American skunk cabbage appears to be |
giving a personal message to D.J.Trump