Barry Thorpe had a problem. A good one to some, but Thorpe, apparently an avid reader of BBC’s Gardener World magazine, thought otherwise. A weed plant was growing in his garden. So he wrote the editors of the magazine to ask their advice.
How it got there is a bit of a mystery.
Thorpe says the plant grew out of bird seed, of all things.
It’s not that far-fetched since hemp seed is used in some bird food. Normally it’s denatured, meaning it can’t grow. But it’s not out of the realm of possibility that occasionally some live, growable seeds get in there.
Thorpe was advised by the editors of the magazine to destroy the plant, but was warned against “burning it on a bonfire.”