Posted: 05/08/2014 at 09:09
Including my large bungalow my plot is half an acre. I love all plants from alpines to forest trees. As I recognise the great benefits in medecine that have come from studying plants and love eating fruit and veg. I have for the last fifty years been getting my garden more and more in equilibrium with the wild life and native flowers. As i take visitors on safari round my garden I warn them it is a naturalists garden who sees as much beauty in lots of butterflies and bees as in the plants so, what they may think is a big clump of weeds is more likely to be food source for several types of butterfly. None the less, because i am a trained artist I paint with plants and my garden looks beautiful at any time of the year. It is also very prolific with produce. It is as organic as it comes with slight slip ups when I need to buy bags of compost for pots or seed sowing. I have a wormery, make nettle tea, have damp spots fpr bog plants and frogs and fond the whole eco system of my garden fascinating. I love the Latin names of plants and botany and zoology as fascinating as geology and chemistry and physics which I studied at university. I also love the way gardening makes you such wonderful friends - sharing plants and cuttings and seeds. The most important aspect of my and my friends' outlook on gardening is the "doing" of it. Designing, harvesting, painting or writing about it pale before the thrill of sowing seed and seeing them germinate, growing flowers that will feed the insects, growing trees for shade and the birds. Enough, Verdun? Oh I am a very tidy person in my appearance and home but i share my garden with a cornucopia of other living creatures who do not worry about such things.