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The Low Road

The High Road

The High Road

A pink rose arches over some steps.

The photo was actually taken a couple of years ago. Since then more than one shaping branch has come and gone. This Spring, again, I’ll have to saw off the current one to let a younger, higher one take over. Otherwise it will be Duck or Grouse.

If the rose has taken the High Road over the stairway, there’s also a Low Road, formed by settlement of the soil under the concrete of the top step.

This is the domain of couch grass, which thinks nothing of groping its way blindly through a metre-long tunnel in search of new territory.

My latest gardening project is to cultivate the little piece of ground to the left of the steps, but the couch grass the other side has ambitions.

Today I hauled several wiry stems out of the communicating passage; they were obviously the advance party.


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