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Photo Article from the Welsh Hovel - now the herbs arrive

Tom Winnifrith
Wednesday 20 January 2021

It seems that one reader reckons that the lavender which arrived yesterday will be drowned by the River Dee rising as a result of man-made global warming. The water from the Dee came within one inch of the bottom of the back step of the part of the house nearest the river in 2000 at its all-time record high and in 2020. At that point, the river was, in the middle, 29 foot deep. I reckon that to reach the first lavender plant it would have to climb another 15 foot meaning that most of the house would also be underwater as would many others in the village and half of Chester and Wrexham.

The herbs I have purchased will be planted in the strawberry patch which is about 12 foot above the current water high point so they should also be safe. I snapped up three rosemary plants on my illegal Birthday trip to England.  Arriving today were: camomile, chives, fennel, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, sage and thyme. I know I have missed something.

Right now it is tipping it down. The river is flooding but, at 8.27 metres, it is 105 centimetres off its all-time high. But there will be no planting today.

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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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