It’s driving me nuts. Well, not nuts exactly, but I keep thinking of it. What is a product that I can sell, that has a market, that is easy to scale, that is easy and cheap to ship, and which I would feel pleased to market?

I am due to be having a postponed conversation with someone I met who coaches on approaching problems by looking at them from an un-possible perspective.

The way it works is that you define what you think is the problem and then you reverse it. So for the thing I talked about above, you would reverse it and say ‘something that is not easy to scale’ – and then look at what the options are for a product that satisfies that criterion. So for example – paintings. If I painted a picture, the market would be limited by how many paintings I could paint. Of course, that presupposes I could paint and paint something that would have a market, but you get the idea.

So, I am due to have this conversation – it’s a two-way street conversation because I will, or may, come up with some ideas for what he is developing.

So why am I entertaining you, dear reader, with this meandering thought? It’s because of an email from WordPress that I received today. It started by saying:

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And I am thinking, yes of course. Not.

Perhaps you are in a similar position and have the desire to market a product to validate your self image. If so, you are doubly welcome to join the conversation. It will be on Zoom or maybe Google Meet on Tuesday the 30th in the afternoon, UK time.

My first thought (how do these things pop into one’s head?) was bistort, but then it plainly wasn’t. I looked in a wildflower book and the nearest were some mint varieties – but it wasn’t any of them.

Then I asked on Twitter and Facebook, and on Twitter the answer came from Martin (@botanicalmartin) who said:

I think it’s Phytolacca polyandra or Chinese Pokeweed which I guess is a garden plant and not very common escaped in the wild – map here

I looked up the flower in Google and found some good photos – and it’s definitely Chinese Pokeweed. And the map that Martin mentioned also tallies because it show some specimens in Cambridge, which is where I photographed them.

They are on the fringes of an area of wild flowers in a park just a few yards from the High Street.

Were they sown, along with the wild flowers? Were they there from an earlier planting?

Martin has a WP blog The Intermingled Pot, if you would like to take a look at his take on nature and the state of nature in the UK.