The beauty of the devil

 

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People on the island hate scotch broom, and there is talk about making a concerted effort to eradicate it for good.
I’ve never had to fight to remove it from my property, so I don’t understand the hatred. In fact I find it dramatically beautiful.

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It’s in full bloom everywhere right now, and the ditches and trails and other disturbed areas are gilded in golden blossoms.

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The flowers remind me of lady slippers, a delicate orchid that I’ve only seen in Alberta growing in bogs. The flowers of scotch broom are a similar shape, but obviously the plant is much different.
It’s a scourge, I get that. It’s everywhere, which means it’s invasive. But I find it’s yellow happy and the birds love to sit in it  and sing their little lungs out. There is also beautiful variety in the colours of the blossoms.

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I know it’s a hated plant but it makes a beautiful scene to look out through the buttery yellow blooms against the green of the trees and the brilliant blue sky.

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I can’t think of a better picture of summer. So I will continue to be fond of scotch broom and find beauty in this particular devil.

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