The difference between last year’s rain and this year’s drought

For those who guessed at my mystery plant flower, here is the entire plant from this year, with me for scale.  This has been a year of drought, I lost a few plants as I had no time to water but most just didn’t grow well.  Compare with the next plant of the same species but from last year when we had near-record rainfall.

Castor bean plant
Castor bean plant
Eric as a garden gnome
Eric as a garden gnome

Hard to believe these are the same type of plant, grown about a meter apart in consecutive years.  I grow them for the leaves so a bit of a disappointment this year, though the flowers were actually larger than before, in compensation.

Author: Eric Lawton

Eric is a natural philosopher living in rural Ontario

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