From my last posting you might think I was a stickler for weeding, but I do have a a very liberal attitude towards some "weeds". A rosette of furry leaves appeared alongside the strawberry patch. I didn't know what it was or what it would turn into, but I left it to its own devices. Neighbours enquired what it was and I had to admit I didn't know. Well now "the thing" has revealed it's true nature and I am happy to say "Great Mullein, that's amazing!"
Leaves like lambs ears
It turns out that this plant has been used to cure everything from piles to earache, is immune to contact weedkillers (because of its furry leaves) and has at least 40 common names ranging from Adam's Rod to Cowboy Toilet Paper. It seems the dried stems make a good torch (it is known as the Candlewick Plant). I might try that.
Oh, I mentioned the strawberries. they are coming on stream, unimpressed by their imposing neighbour.