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plant of the week; Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber).

Byline: Diarmuid Gavin

As a gardener I love some things I'm probably not meant to, plants that others consider to be weeds, for example.

My first rented flat had a garden full of dandelions. For one week of the year, it was a blaze of colour - a dramatic scene. For the rest, OK, it was a mess, but you take the joys wherever you find them.

A current one is a plant that grows so well in abandoned locations, poor soils and at the seaside - red valerian. I saw a clump of this growing on the side of a motorway this week, but you'll also see it peeping out of buildings or growing out of walls. It's so lush, with succulent foliage and brilliant ruby coloured flowers.
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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 30, 2012
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