July 05, 2010

This week in wildlife

For the last couple of weeks the streets have smelled of privet, an intense, unmistakeable fragrance that to me has something of déjà vu about it. Yet according to a 2007 survey, 36% of people asked would be put off buying a house by the presence of privet, and in New Zealand it's actually banned from sale or cultivation due to the effect its pollen has on hayfever sufferers. This seems a little extreme; I can't help thinking that if the plant had a commercial value beyond mere hedging it would not be so reviled.

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