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Ligustrum ovalifolium

30th July 2010

When I moved into this house, I found little hedges of Privet around every corner. The previous owners must have spent their lives gently clipping them into tidy but irrational shapes. I removed a lot and allowed a lot to grow old and die but I still get great billowing swathes of smelly white flowers in summer where I have overlooked them.
As a child I used to collect sprigs from the local hedges to feed my stick insects - now I live in a part of the country where there are naturalised populations of stick insects and I have plenty to feed them with. Unfortunately the local insects are bramble lovers, but fortunately I have plenty of those as well.