A Flower a Day takes us today along the road of a regular walk we take and past this invasive plant, Japanese Knotweed. Every year it gets cut back to the ground (I think some attempt has even been made to destroy it) but every year it grows back at an unbelievable speed, thick stems and dense leaves leaning over the sidewalk and catching at us as we walk or cycle by. It is truly the most persistent species that I have seen and surely is not good for the local ecosystem. The flowers here are just caught by the light and you can see the extent of the plant stretching back into the murky darkness behind. Although this is an unwelcome species, I feel that we should all take a leaf from its book (see what I did there?) and keep ourselves as strong as we can despite these times when we can almost begin to feel defeated. We just need to push back up into the light and keep going.
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