Posted: 18/07/2014 at 21:51
Verdum. Back on form!.. To be honest. NO. This hot weather is doing me in. Today it was just over 34 deg C My friend and I had planned to visit the Garden of The Rose Nr. St Albans. Due to the heat, we plumped for Greenwich Park, very close to home. I wanted more photos for the book. Sadly the park has changed so much, since my days as a foot copper. The roses beds left a lot to be desired. The flower gardens are home to a wide collections of Cedus. There is a Sweet Chestnut there believed to be over four hundred years old. In passing, I said to my friend Rob. Good job trees can't speak. Why's that, he asks. Val and I did most of our courting in here. I got a strange look from him. Honest folks. Even in those days. Mike was respectful. The question. Why am I writing a book on gardening. Well despite the fact that. Yes, I have read many publications etc. As I admit. I don't always stick to the rules. Theory is good, but practice is better. I have in the past attempted a book about police life. I have a mate. Ex CID from Merseyside. He did his 30. We both got as far as chapter four and that was it. Writing about a much loved topic has really taken me. As I have mentioned in past posts. I would have loved to have been a doctor. Sadly education let me down. Although my final school report read something like. Maths. 98per cent. English 92 per cent. Geography 84 per cent. Tech/Drawing 82 per cent Science also was a good mark, but at the time the studies went under the names. Engineering science and atomic science. Now at this late stage in my life. To attempt to lighten the feeling of loneliness, I have turned back to the natural love of my life. Horticulture. My studies have revealed just how close, human biology is related to plant botany and, as being my latest interest, plant pathology. Strewth. There I go again, boring everyone. Our main bedroom, the larger of the two. Once the girls left home. It becam a study, music room etc including junk. Many features remain, however it is now home to two microscopes, one biological the other a disecting one. Loads and loads of books. To be honest. I amaze myself. Nearing the latter days, and I find myself so involved in scientific activities, sorry couldn't spell pursuits. Something I have realized and must accept. This year has to be my last, for sowing and growing seeds. It really breaks my heart when I see the two gardens next to mine. What I would give for more ground. However due to various reasons. New plants will be buy-ins. I do hope that I haven't hugged the forum. Who else can I share my thoughts with?