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The burning bush- and a warning!


This afternoon was a hot sunny one in the West Midlands.
My wife suddenly shouted from the garden; “quick, come and look at this.” Thinking that it was the usual frog panic, I sauntered to where she was. When I looked at where she was pointing I saw a shrub leaf with smoke coming from it!
Bending down to have a closer look I felt a searing heat on the left side of my head. I looked up to my left and realised that the ornamental mirror on the wall was reflecting the sun’s rays onto the plant.
As this was climbing up a wooden pergola which is attached to the garage I immediately removed said mirror!
Other plants in the vicinity also had scorched leaves.
I dread to think what the consequences might have been had we not been at home.

Moral; Don’t put mirrors on south facing walls opposite adjacent plants!

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good piece of advice......

7 Sep, 2014



7 Sep, 2014


Yikes! just noticed the title of your previous blog, are we seeing a :)
Joking aside, it could have had a far nastier outcome - although we are told how bush fires start this example just shows us how close to home it could come.
Thank goodness you were both at home and able to rectify the matter.

7 Sep, 2014


Who would have thought that would happen. Thanks for the warning.

7 Sep, 2014


That could have been very nasty, wonder how many others have had a similar experience, its becoming quite popular putting mirrors into gardens now but I doubt whether its crossed many peoples minds they can scorch their plants or how dangerous it actually can be..
Thankyou for the warning....

7 Sep, 2014


Astonishing- how lucky you were around.

7 Sep, 2014


Wow, that was lucky your wife spotted it. That could have been far worse.

8 Sep, 2014


Thanks to all for your comments. It just goes to show how bush fires in Oz and elsewhere can be started by a piece of discarded, or broken glass.

11 Sep, 2014

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