Seen at The Festival of the Tree

...if you would be happy all your life, plant a garden ~ Chinese proverb

Monday, 4 February 2008

Plant Workshop



Today's weather was much better than January's for my monthly visit to The Botanic Nursery for their unusual plants workshop. Threadspider came with me this time and we had an uplifting couple of hours pottering around the nursery and garden areas in the enthusiastic company of the owner. Sensibly I restricted the funds I took with me, but was unable to resist the allure of a Prunus mume 'Beni-shidon'.

The picture shows part of the old walled garden on the left, which originally had a flue in the wall and glasshouses to enable exotic fruits to be grown for the old house, now a school. On the right are post WWII glasshouses originally used for market gardening until the oil crisis in the 1970's meant most commercial glasshouse production became uneconomic.

In addition to our plant-based heaven, we were treated to a dramatic display by the local crow population mobbing a buzzard flying low over the trees. I think we'll both be returning next month!

4 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for introducing me to this wonderful nursery. I'm certainly up for another trip in March!

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  2. I wish we had something like this within reach over here. I can't think of a better way to spend some time!
    I've an award for you over on my blog.

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  3. Hi,
    This is my first time over.
    I'am enjoying my visit at your blog. I garden occasionally,mostly flowers and a few vegetables.
    Last summer in France, the weather was so humid; the tomato plants we had eventually eneded up rotting !

    Mother nature always has the last say ;)
    Have a nice day :)

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  4. Threadspider - no problem and I enjoyed your corresponding post on our visit :)

    Dragonstar - it's a great idea isn't it? Apparently its the nursery owner's response to feedback the Royal Horticultural Society's had on the lack of more hand-on workshops for members. I for one applaud him for responding so well :)

    Barbara - you're very welcome and you'll see that your timely comment received within minutes of me sitting down to write my first post of the day has influenced my choice!

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