Ugly umbels

DAY 217 (8 NOVEMBER) – Japanese fatsia flowers (Fatsia japonica) (Farnham)

We’ve lived in this house for 13 years, with this plant in the garden – and I’ve never noticed these hideous flowers appearing in late autumn before. I’ve always loved this giant cheese plant or fig-tree-look-alike, as I like to think of it. It provides large chunks of shade on hot summer days.

But this addition looks as though it doesn’t belong. Horrible idea, but they remind me of images of cancer cells. Not helped by Wikipedia‘s description: “borne in dense terminal compound umbels”. Well I hope its umbels drop off soon.

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