Rhododendron Bush

This evening, my focus is the Rhododendron which has colonised many parts of the British Isles, including Scotland. At this time of year the blooms are very appealing but behind the pretty colours lies a sinister menace. The Rhododendron is not native to Britain and its introduction during Victorian times has proved a disaster as the plant out competes native vegetation to the detriment of the local landscape and animal wildlife.

Rhododendron flower

Rhododendron propagates by both seed and via its roots.It s very difficult to eradicate. The leaves contains toxins which render them unpalatable to herbivores.

Rhododendron Bush in flower

Regional governments in the U.K. have programmes to control the plant. For example, GBP25 million is the estimated cost of clearing the invasiveĀ  Rhododendron ponticum from the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

Rhododendron flower

So, when touring around Scotland and other parts of the U.K. remember that the pretty and striking colours come at a huge cost to the environment and native wildlife.

Elsewhere today:

  • I have designed a 12 day Scotland and Ireland tour relative to a private tour for later in the year.
  • Posted information on Telfer family history to my Glasgow Ancestry blog.
  • Responded to a number of web link enquiries from around the world. Some of them are quite useful sites.

Weather in Glasgow warm and benign.

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