April 8, 2010

where have I been?


Lantana was first recorded in Australia in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens in 1841, and a few years later it had spread to gardens up the east coast of the country. By the 1860s it was reported as a weed in both Sydney and in Brisbane. Lantana might look like a strikingly attractive plant and in some respects the foliage and flowers are quite beautiful. The species is native to Mexico, the Carribean and Central and South America. But it is now known as a weed of national significance in Australia.

This is how I describe the distractions I have had recently...invasive but pretty! I have been distrated by the pretty flowers and following all sorts of interesting, but useless, wormholes. I suddenly realised that I was caught in an invasive monster. Fortunately, some diligent weeding has resulted in my own rescue.

So... where have you all been?

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