Contents of the Winter 2011 Northants News
The Winterbourne day out
at my pictures I was overwhelmed by the Anthemis display; Winterbourne has a National collection of
this genus of the daisy family. It was a blur of vibrant yellow and white (but
probably only for this week in June) and worth a visit almost irrespective of
the rest of the garden. There were also many unusual plants, especially trees
and some attractive garden features. I took pictures of the arbour up and down
then some hours later when the light had changed – delightful.
With so many
interesting plants being grown in the garden I have to remind myself that I am
supposed to be a cactus grower. So I was amused to see in the rooms used for
school outings ‘user friendly’ cacti encased in the bottoms of plastic
bottles. I sometimes wish a few of mine were ‘bottled’.
So, thanks to Roland
(and the Committee; well they put their hands up), for arranging the day out,
then Arthur and Gill of the Birmingham BCSS for the conducted tours. There has
been only positive feedback; I have not heard any adverse comments from the trip
at all. A true miracle of planning!
(This particular day
out was subsidised from our branch funds. I have a little suggestion for our
next major anniversary… After Winterbourne let’s go to Kirstenbosch
Botanical Garden. What are thousands in the bank worth? We might prevail on EVJ
to show us the reserve collection. What’s that David? EVJ is Ernst van
Jaarsveld. Kirstenbosch is actually in South Africa. Oh well…)
P.S. The FL, (teacher - retired), read this and informed me that if her school children were asked to draw the cacti you would get the bottle drawn as well!