Eek! "Day of the Triffids"......mind you, they were considerably bigger than 7 inches.Jx
With a much thicker girth.
A Picasso in the making.Sx
The artist is Japanese, but I have nearly forgotten all my Kanji writing so I can't tell you what it says. :(
Shocking handwriting, I read it as: Dani 7 Dan 17Daivid could be a welsh variant of Daffydd.But another question you have to ask yourself is why put a dash through the first number seven (which suggests foreign extraction) and not in the second, so if it isn't a number seven than what is it? I believe you are right. it does look like nu in katakana and the picture is missing the Jap's eye!
I wonder if it's an easy specimen to grow?
And can it be grown from seed. I'll have to send Carole Baxter a line.
Give her the number of a good hairdresser while you're at it. Jx