Its that time of year when any surviving stinking hawksbeard plants, Crepis foetida, pass the rubicon. Once the flowering stems start to grow they are no longer vulnerable to slug attack and grazing by other invertebrates that ravage the plants in March/April. This leaves rabbit grazing and drought as the remaining hurdles to be dealt with. This particular specimen, with characteristic nodding buds, is the most forward of the Northiam plants, growing in a rather unusual setting for a Red Data Book plant.
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