Jan 13, 2023Liked by Jack Wallington

Interesting to read about your giant Mullein.

We had four self-sown plants appear in our garden last Spring. I transplanted them to another bed, where they had space to grow.

Around mid summer, we found one plant covered in blue and yellow caterpillars (Mullein moth), as we discovered. So I netted the plant to stop them demolishing all four and allowed them to munch away happily.

After they had gone to ground, I removed the netting and the plant grew and flowered again, albeit a smaller version. We're hoping the plants grow again this year.

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If the verbascum is anything like the verbascums that self-seed here in our French garden it will run to seed as quickly as it flowers and will look pretty scraggy from beginning to end. Statuesque yes. Scraggy yes!

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