Posted: 25/06/2015 at 08:52
Hello Pat, yes the James Grieve apple is still a favourite in back gardens and can be bought in fruit and veg. shops. It should be on Google somewhere.My father was a professional footballer and played County cricket but in Scotland so cannot say i am familiar with a Ken Grieves.
The lecture last night was fantastic. If anyone can lay claim to the description of walking in Darwin's footsteps Professor Barrett most certainly can. I will probably be posting about the sexotica as he called it of plants for months now, but as a taster let me tell you about the picture he showed us of a beautiful bird, a Malachite sunbird, which uses the Rat;s Tail or perch coming from an iris Babiana ringens which has evolved flowers that are sessile. The bird does not like to sully its beautiful tail which is used in courtship by standing on the ground to milk the flowers so this perch has evolved to promote efficient cross pollination and high seed set! I thought about how lovely that malachite bird would look among your rosellas! Strangely enough the females are quite happy to stand on the ground,not having a long tail! Reminded me of when we were going out as a family to some dressed up "do". I, with seven children to supervise could get ready in five minutes while my late husband needed at least an hour!