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Head gardener Steve Griffith is dwarfed by the massive flower spikes of Tree Echiums (Echium pininana) some of which are nearly 20 feet tall.<br />
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It's like the Day of the Triffids at the Abbotsbury sub-tropical gardens in Dorset this week as the mild winter and wet and warm spring has caused a huge growth spurt for its exotic range of plants from all over the world.<br />
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Included in the strange sights is the earliest ever blooming in the UK of the Chilean Sheep Eating plant Puya berteroniana, which despite having a fearsome reputation for trapping mammals in its barbed fronds also has a delicious nectar that can be drunk.<br />
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Triffid like Tree Echiums nearly 20 feet tall are also dwarfing visitors to the Jurassic Coast garden whoose uniquely warm and mild micro climate are perfect for dino sized plants.