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Dystopian Garden Sculpture

Posted: 02/12/2015 at 08:06

Art isn't simply/just about beauty - it's about the communication of ideas


Posted: 02/12/2015 at 07:57

Good morning all  G'day Pat

Above discussion interesting - partly because some of the children/young people I worked with had complex endocrine problems and took Metformin, and partly because I get strange 'low sugar wobbles' about two hours after eating white bread/rice etc during the day - perfectly ok if I eat simple carbs for supper, but white toast for breakfast or lunch, or rice cakes for lunch and two hours later I'm having a cold sweat and feeling light-headed and have to eat some carbs in order to feel better.  Have been checked for diabetes and metabolic syndrome and am fine (although I do  have the high BP and need to lose some weight).  So I just don't eat simple carbs during the day.   

Also re depression/anxiety - we have a family member who suffers from this and has recently been diagnosed with manic depression/bi-polar.  It's such a relief for them to have a name for this distressing condition and an explanation for the way they have acted in some difficult situations.  Things are improving slowly now with treatment and support   A less stressful work situation would help ...


Posted: 01/12/2015 at 18:33

Lillypilly - glad you're getting some action from the medics


Posted: 01/12/2015 at 17:36
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

Sounds great, Dove. We are going to Norfolk 2nd half of June, does that mean you won't be there?

We'll be back by the 14th BL

FG - we love St Ives - have been so many times and know it quite well - but I've not actually stayed in St Ives since I was expecting son, and he's 43 this month   The thing about the St Ives Tate is that the art has to work really hard to compete with the building and the wonderful views.

Never Never Not Ever

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 16:52

Philippa  same here - our 'grass' has all of those plus daisies, self-heal, meadow buttercups, yarrow, toadflax and I'm sure at least another half dozen I've not remembered - who needs a lawn when you have all that - plus as much moss as the birds can build their nests with and then some


Posted: 01/12/2015 at 16:31

All this talk of holidays .......... has forced me to book ours!  We usually holiday away alternate years, but I've found a cottage right in St Ives, just a hop and a skip from the Tate and the beach and the harbour and the Rum & Crab Shack. 

We normally take a cottage out in the wilds and do quite a bit of driving about Cornwall but this time will be different - more laid back - breakfasts at a café by the harbour and supper in one of the pubs- and we're going in June, not September - someone will have to look after the tomatoes ........... but what the heck!  We've booked!

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 14:53

Gorgeous!!!  Merry Christmas!!!

It's my birthday

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 13:09
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

.... Hubby has told me to take my camera to the restaurant to-night. coo , the intrigue.

We want to see!  We want to see!

Dystopian Garden Sculpture

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 12:57

Hi Sorcha - a couple of artists/gardeners here

Not sure about the dead tree - dead trees create their own very rich eco-systems providing habitats and nutrition for invertebrates.....  of course, while a dead tree is a frequently-used trope when addressing dystopia, I believe that dystopia can be a very subjective concept .......

but it's all a interesting idea - a couple of things come to mind ...

Consider using peat-based potting compost - the harvesting of the peat is destroying habitat-rich peat bogs in northern Europe.

Have a look at the history of the 'rock garden' in the UK - .  The need for rock to make rock gardens has in the past caused irrevocable damage to ancient wate-rworn limestone pavements which are one of the world's finest and most endangered habitats. 

Himalayan Balsam (an introduced species) is now causing real damage to riverbanks causing flooding and erosion

Rhododendrons spreading throughout woodland prevent anything else from growing underneath or around them.  There are organised programmes taking place nowadays by the National Trust and others to remove them. 

Hope that helps - let us know how it goes




Never Never Not Ever

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 10:40

Is there a plant that you dislike so much that you will never ever have it in your garden?

For me there is just one ... Acuba japonica - the Spotted Laurel - for me it looks so unwell it makes me feel positively poorly myself.

I would never plant it, and if I moved to a garden where it grew, I would dig it up.

Is there a plant that you loathe, no matter how irrationally?

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