The offical online newsletter of the Parish of St. Brelade, Jersey
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Autmn 2009
News Stories
Two ‘Battle’ honours
New Association proposed
‘Monster, monster’
Message from Connetable
Modest increase in Rates
Chef de Police retires
Lighting up St. Aubin
Fingers Crossed!
All go at tennis club
Twinning Association
Ice rink: warm reception
Epic swim for charity
Award for students
Design career on cards?
Frightfully delicious!
Genuinely Jersey?
Competition success
Letters to Editor
Going Eco-Active
Jersey evacuees
Malaysia to St. Aubin
Seeing red- white & blue
St. Aubin Festival
La Baguette flooded!
Fete raises £2,000+
Monster, monster!
Believe it or not, it’s a daffodil!
by Jeff Hathaway

Already dubbed as the ‘Triffid of St. Brelade’, many have obviously noticed the monster 8 metre high plant that has been gracing Woodbine Corner this summer, as La Baguette has received several requests to know - what is it? So your Editor, who is also a member of the Parish’s Britain in Bloom team took opportunity to ask Sue Wood (Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom Judge) the same question. She immediately identified it as Agave americana. It is often called the Century Plant because it is reputed to bloom only once in 100 years. That however is an exaggeration. Whilst it will only bloom once in its lifetime, that usually occurs between 7 and 20 years in favourable conditions - so it clearly enjoys its St. Brelade ‘home’. Sadly, the main plant then dies, but most will produce shoots that will take over and grow to maturity. So we will have to wait another 10 years or so to see if its offspring can outdo its parent! It surely will be a tough act to follow. This particular specimen was planted by Roger Bailey in the mid 90’s having bought it at a local garden centre. Interestingly, Agave is a genus of plants of the family Amaryllidaceae which includes the daffodil and narcissus!
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